1673 in History

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Events in History

  • Jan 1 Regular mail delivery begins between NY & Boston
  • Jan 13 Jean Racine's "Mithridate" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 22 Postal service between New York & Boston inaugurated
  • Feb 20 1st recorded wine auction held (London)
  • Feb 21 Michiel A de Ruyter appointed lt-admiral-general of Dutch fleet
  • Mar 18 Lord Berkley sells his half of New Jersey to the Quakers

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Mar 29 English King Charles II accepts Test Act: Roman Catholics excluded from public functions

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • May 17 Louis Joliet & Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi
  • Jun 6 France & Brandenburg sign peace treaty
  • Jun 12 Charles II's brother duke James of York resigns as Lord High Admiral
  • Jun 14 Battle at Schooneveld: Michiel de Ruyter beats French/English fleet

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Jun 16 Peace of Vossem: French King Louis XIV & Frederik Willem of Brandenburg

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • Jul 6 French troops conquer Maastricht as part of the Franco-Dutch War
  • Jul 11 Netherlands & Denmark sign defense treaty

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Jul 24 Edmund Halley enters The Queen's College, Oxford, as an undergraduate

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
  • Aug 8 Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demands surrender of NYC
  • Aug 9 Dutch under Admiral Cornelis Evertsen de Jonge recapture NY from English; regained by English in 1674
  • Aug 21 Sea battle at Kijkduin: De Ruyter defeats English & French fleet
  • Aug 30 Leopold I, Spain, Netherlands & Lutherans form anti-French covenant
  • Sep 12 Prince Willem III occupies Naarden
  • Nov 9 English King Charles II dismisses Earl of Shaftesbury
  • Nov 11 Second Battle of Khotyn in the Ukraine, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth forces under the command of Jan Sobieski. defeat the Ottoman army. In this battle, rockets of Kazimierz Siemienowicz were successfully used.
  • Nov 12 Dutch troops under Willem III occupy Bonn
  • Nov 13 Prince Willem III/Raimundo earl Montecuccoli conquer Bonn

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 6 1st Duke of Chandos, English aristocrat, eponym of Handel's Chandos Anthems (d. 1744)
  • Jan 31 Louis de Montfort, French catholic priest and saint (d. 1716)
  • Apr 21 Wilhelmina Amalia of Brunswick, Holy Roman Empire Empress (d. 1742)
  • May 29 Cornelis van Bijnkershoek, lawyer/president of High Council
  • Aug 8 John Ker, Scottish spy (d. 1726)
  • Aug 11 Richard Mead, physician, born in London, England
  • Oct 26 Dimitrie Cantemir, Romanians historian/monarch of Moldova (1710-11)
  • Dec 12 Ahmed III, 23rd sultan (Turkey, 1703-30)
  • Dec 30 Ahmed III, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1736)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 17 Molière, [Jean Baptiste Poquelin], French playwright (The Misanthrope), dies of pulmonary tuberculosis at 51
  • Mar 20 Augustyn Kordecki, Polish prior (b. 1603)
  • Mar 28 Adam Pijnacker, Dutch landscape painter/etcher, buried at 51
  • Apr 5 Francois Caron, admiral/governor (Formosa), drowns at about 72
  • May 7 Johannes Teellinck, Dutch vicar, dies at about 58

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 18 Jeanne Mance, French Canadian settler and founder of the first hospital in North America, dies at 66

Nurse and Settler of New France Jeanne Mance
Nurse and Settler of New France
Jeanne Mance
  • Jun 24 John of Paffenrode, ruler of Ghussigny/poet, dies in battle
  • Jun 25 Charles de Batz-Castelmore, Comte d'Artagnan, Captain of the Musketeers under Louis XIV of France (b. 1611)
  • Aug 17 Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist, dies of possible suicide at 32 (b. 1641)
  • Aug 21 Isaac Sweers, Dutch fleet admiral/Civil rights activist, dies at 51
  • Aug 21 John de Love I, vice-admiral, dies in sea battle at about 54
  • Oct 13 Kristoffer Gabel, Danish statesman (b. 1617)
  • Oct 17 Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, English statesman (b. 1630)
  • Nov 10 Michael Korybut Wisniowiecki, king of Poland (16..-73), dies
  • Nov 14 Michael Wisniowieki, King of Poland, dies
  • Nov 27 Anthonie Palamedesz, painter, dies at about 72
  • Dec 15 Margaret Cavendish, English writer (b. 1623)
  • Dec 28 Joan Blaeu, Dutch cartographer/publisher (Atlas Major), dies at 77
  • Dec 31 Oliver St John, English statesman and judge