1679 in History

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Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 24 King Charles II disbands English parliament

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • Feb 5 German emperor Leopold I signs peace with France
  • Apr 3 Edmund Halley meets Johannes Hevelius in Danzig
  • May 27 Habeaus Corpus Act (strengthening person's right to challenge unlawful arrest & imprisonment) passes in England
  • Jun 1 The Scottish Covenanters defeat John Graham of Claverhouse at the Battle of Drumclog.
  • Jun 22 Battle at Bothwell Bridge on Clyde: Duke of Monmouth beats Scots
  • Jul 2 Europeans first visit Minnesota and see headwaters of Mississippi in an expedition led by Daniel Greysolon de Du Luth.
  • Jul 12 Britain's King Charles II ratifies Habeas Corpus Act allowing prisoners right to be imprisoned to be examined
  • Sep 18 New Hampshire becomes a county in Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Oct 23 Meal Tub Plot against James Duke of York (future James II of England)
  • Nov 15 English House of Commons accepts Exclusion Bill
  • Dec 27 Dutch troops capture Madurees prince Trunudjojo in Java

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 24 Christian von Wolff, German philosopher
  • Jan 27 Jean-Francois de Troy, French painter
  • Mar 18 Matthew Decker, English merchant and writer (d. 1759)
  • May 14 Peder [Nielsen] Horrebow, Danish astronomer
  • Jun 1 Johan Runius, Swedish poet (Dudaim)
  • Aug 22 Pierre Guérin de Tencin, French cardinal (d. 1758)
  • Oct 18 Ann Putnam, Jr., American accuser in the Salem Witch Trials (d. 1716)
  • Oct 20 Samuel von Cocceji, German lawyer
  • Nov 11 Firmin Abauzit, French huguenot/scientist
  • Nov 13 Thomas-Philippe d'alsace et de Boussu, South Netherland cardinal
  • Nov 14 Omobono Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius
  • Dec 10 Willem Maurits, Dutch count of Nassau/gov of Zeeuws-Flanders

Deaths in History

  • Jan 14 Jacques de Billy, French mathematician (b. 1602)
  • Feb 3 Jan Havicksz Steen, Dutch painter (St Nicolas Feast), dies at 53
  • Feb 5 Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet (Gysbreght van Aemstel), dies at 91
  • Mar 16 John Leverett, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1616)
  • Mar 26 Johannes Schefferus, Alsatian-born humanist (b. 1621)
  • Mar 27 Abraham Mignon, Dutch still life painter, dies at 38
  • Apr 17 John van Kessel, Flemish painter, dies at 53
  • Apr 18 Hofmannswaldau, writer, dies
  • May 3 James Sharp, English archbishop (assassinated) (b. 1613)
  • May 26 Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria (b. 1636)
  • Jun 3 Jean-Francius Miller, painter, buried
  • Jun 15 Guillaume Courtois, French painter (b. 1628)
  • Jul 8 Samuel J Columbus, Swedish poet (Odae Sveticae), dies
  • Jul 11 William Chamberlayne, English poet (b. 1619)
  • Aug 6 John Snell, English royalist (b. 1629)
  • Aug 20 Jacob Alting, Dutch theologist, dies at 60
  • Aug 24 Jean François Paul de Gondi, cardinal de Retz, French churchman and agitator (b. 1614)
  • Sep 17 Juan Jose of Austrian, Spanish general/govenor of Netherlands, dies at 50
  • Sep 20 Cornelis Evertsen the Young, vice-admiral of Zealand, dies at 51
  • Oct 12 William Gurnall, English writer (b. 1617)
  • Oct 24 Barent Avercamp, Dutch landscape painter, dies at about 66
  • Oct 26 Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist (b. 1621)
  • Nov 30 Pieter van Schooten, Dutch mathematician/fort architect, dies at 45

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 4 Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher (b. 1588)

Philosopher Thomas Hobbes
Philosopher
Thomas Hobbes
  • Dec 17 Don Juan, ruler of Spain, dies
  • Dec 20 Johan Maurits, count of Nassau-Siegen, dies at 75
  • Dec 26 John van de Cappelle, Amsterdam landscape painter, dies at 53
  • Dec 31 Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Italian physiologist and physicist (b. 1608)