Historical Events in 1672

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  • Jan 1st Jean Racine's "Bajazet," premieres in Paris

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Feb 8th Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • Feb 23rd Joan Blaeus publishers destroyed by fire in Amsterdam

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Mar 15th King Charles II enacts Declaration of Indulgence

  • Apr 6th France declares war on Netherlands

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Apr 29th Franco-Dutch War: Louis XIV of France invades the Netherlands.

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • May 2nd John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
  • May 6th Brandenburg monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands
  • May 15th 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts
  • May 17th Frontenac becomes governor of New France (Canada)
  • Jun 7th Battle by Solebay: Dutch adm M de Ruyter beats French/English fleet
  • Jun 12th French army under Gen Turenne crosses Rhine at Lobith
  • Jun 21st Dutch pension advisor Johan de Witt seriously wounded
  • Jun 21st French troops under King Louis XIV occupy Utrecht
  • Jun 25th 1st recorded monthly Quaker meeting in US held, Sandwich, Mass
  • Jul 4th States of Holland declares "Eternal Edict" void
  • Jul 8th William III is appointed stadholder by the States General in the Netherlands
  • Jul 9th William III inaugurated as viceroy of Holland/Zealand
  • Aug 20th Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis are brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.
  • Sep 6th Willem III's troops reconquer Naarden from France
  • Oct 18th Poland & Turkey sign Peace of Buczacz
  • Dec 10th NY Gov Lovelace announces monthly mail service between NY & Boston
  • Dec 23rd Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a satellite of Saturn
  • Dec 30th Baron Karl Rabenhaupt occupies Coevorden Neth