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Events in History

  • Jan 8 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)
  • Jan 17 Brandenburg & Sweden sign Treaty of Königsberg

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Jan 23 Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales.

Mathematician, Physicist, and Philosopher Blaise Pascal
Mathematician, Physicist, and Philosopher
Blaise Pascal
  • Jan 24 1st Jewish doctor in North American colonies, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland
  • Feb 22 New Amsterdam granted a Jewish burial site
  • Mar 13 Jews are denied the right to build a synagogue in New Amsterdam
  • Apr 10 Dutch fleet occupiers Colombo Ceylon
  • Jun 20 Polish King Jan II Casimir recaptures Warsaw
  • Jul 1 1st Quakers (Mary Fisher/Ann Austin) arrives in Boston (arrested)
  • Jul 18 -20] Battle at Warsaw: Swedish King Karel X Gustaaf beats Johan II Kasimir and occupies Warsaw

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Jul 26 Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn declares he is insolvent

  • Sep 15 England & France sign peace treaty
  • Sep 19 Treaty of Labiau: Sweden gives Prussia, Brandenburg
  • Sep 22 All female jury hears case of woman who killed her child (acquit her)
  • Oct 2 English North American colony of Connecticut passes law against Quakers
  • Oct 24 Treaty of Vilnius: Russia & Poland sign anti-Swedish covenant
  • Nov 3 Treaty of Vilnius Russia/Poland sign anti-Swedish covenant [NS]
  • Dec 1 Germany promises Poland aid against Sweden
  • Dec 14 Artificial pearls 1st manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 10 Adolf H van Rechteren, Dutch diplomat/politician
  • Apr 10 René Lepage de Ste-Claire, lord-founder of the town of Rimouski, in New France (d. 1718)
  • Jul 7 Guru Har Krishan, 8th Guru of Sikhism (d. 1664)
  • Aug 6 Claude de Forbin, French naval commander (d. 1733)
  • Sep 6 Guillaume Dubois, French cardinal and statesman (d. 1723)
  • Sep 14 Thomas Baker, English antiquarian (d. 1746)
  • Oct 20 Nicolas de Largillière, French painter (d. 1746)
  • Nov 7 Walraad the Younger, earl of Nassau-Ottweiler/gov of Nimegen

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Nov 8 Edmond Halley, English mathematician and astronomer (Halley's comet), born in Haggerston, Middlesex (d. 1742) [OS 29 Oct]

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
  • Nov 9 Paul Aler, French jesuit/poet (Gradus ad Parnassum)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 12 English Poet and author of epic "Paradise Lost" John Milton (47) marries 2nd wife Katherine Woodcock


Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Mathieu Molé, French statesman (b. 1584)
  • Feb 27 Johan van Heemskerk, Dutch lawyer/writer/interpreter, dies
  • Mar 21 Armagh James Ussher, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (claimed world began 4004 BC), dies at 76
  • Apr 24 Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist (b. 1561)
  • Apr 27 Gerard van Honthorst, painter, dies at 65
  • Apr 27 Jan J van Goyen, Dutch landscape painter, dies at 60
  • Jul 2 François-Marie, comte de Broglie, Italian-born French commander (b. 1611)
  • Jul 8 Alexander van der Capellen, mister of Aartsbergen, dies at about 64
  • Jul 27 Salomo Glassius, German theologian (b. 1593)
  • Aug 11 Prince Octavio Piccolomini, Duke of Amalfi, Austrian field marshal (b. 1599)
  • Sep 8 Joseph Hall, English bishop and writer (b. 1574)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 3 Myles Standish, Plymouth Colony leader, dies of strangury at 72

Military Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles Standish
Military Leader of Plymouth Colony
Myles Standish
  • Oct 8 Johann Georg I, ruler of Saxon (1611-56, Peace of Prague), dies at 71
  • Nov 6 Johan IV, duke of Braganca/king of Portugal (1640-56), dies at 52
  • Nov 6 Jean-Baptiste Morin, French scientist (b. 1583)