August 1666 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 4 Hurricane hits Guadeloupe, Martinique & St Christopher; thousands die
  • Aug 4 Sea battle between Netherlands & England
  • Aug 5 English fleet beats Dutch under Michiel de Ruyter
  • Aug 9 Rear Admiral Robert Holmes leads a raid on the Dutch island of Terschelling, destroying 150 merchant ships in the Vlie estuary, and pillaging the town of West-Terschelling, an act later known as "Holmes's Bonfire".

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 6 Maria Sofia of the Palatinate, queen of Portugal (d. 1699)
  • Aug 13 William Wotton, English scholar (d. 1727)
  • Aug 16 Henriette Amalia, monarch of Nassau-Dietz
  • Aug 27 Ivan V, co-tsar of Russia (1682-89)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 4 Johan Evertsen, ltalian admiral of Zeeland, lynched in Brielle
  • Aug 6 Tsjerk H de Vries, fleet guardian, dies in Battle at 43
  • Aug 15 Johann A Schall von Bell, German missionary/astronomer, dies
  • Aug 24 Francisco M the Melo, Portuguese author (Obras Morales), dies at 57
  • Aug 26 Frans Hals, Dutch painter (b. circa 1580)
  • Aug 30 Benedictus Carpzovius, [Benedikt Carpzov], German lawyer, dies