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Events in History

  • Feb 13 Glencoe Massacre : about 78 MacDonalds are killed early in the morning by rival Campbell clan members, allegedly for not promptly pledging allegiance to the new king, William of Orange.
  • Feb 29 First people are accused of witchcraft in Salem Massachusetts - Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba, a West Indian slave
  • Mar 1 Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, & Tituba arrested for witchcraft in Salem, Massachussets
  • Mar 22 Emperor Leopold I names Duke Earnest August of Braunschweig, king
  • Mar 26 King Maximilian installed as land guardian of South Netherlands
  • Apr 22 Edward Bishop is jailed for proposing flogging as a cure for witchcraft
  • May 27 Court of Oyer and Terminer ("to hear and determine") established by Governor of Massachusetts to hear accussations of witchcraft
  • May 29 Battle at La Hogue: English & Dutch fleet beat France
  • May 29 Royal Hospital Chelsea Founder's Day first celebrated
  • Jun 7 Earthquake in Porte Royale, Jamaica, kills 3,000
  • Jun 24 Kingston, Jamaica, founded
  • Jul 19 5 more people are hanged for witchcraft (20 in all) in Salem Mass
  • Jul 24 French defeat William III of England at Steinkirk (Enghein)
  • Aug 3 Battle at Steenkerke: French beat English/Dutch army
  • Aug 19 Five more people hanged for witchcraft (20 in all) in Salem, Massachusetts
  • Sep 22 Last people hanged for witchcraft (8) in the US, 20 hanged overall during Salem witch trials
  • Oct 29 Court of Oyer and Terminer, convened for Salem witch trials, dissolved
  • Dec 23 Nahum Tate is appointed the third Poet Laureate by English monarchs William and Mary

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 14 Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée, French writer (d. 1754)
  • Feb 25 Karl Ludwig, Freiherr von Pöllnitz, German adventurer and writer (d. 1775)
  • Feb 29 Edward Cave, England, printer (Gentlemen's Magazine)
  • Feb 29 John Byrom, English poet (d. 1763)
  • Mar 14 Peter Musschenbroek, Dutch physician/physicist (Leyden jar)
  • May 1 -31? James Stirling, Scottish mathematician (d. 1770) born during this month
  • May 3 Jan J Mauricius, Dutch governor-general of Suriname (1742-51)
  • May 18 Joseph Butler, theologian, born in Wantage Berkshire
  • Aug 3 John Henley, English clergyman (d. 1759)
  • Aug 18 Louis Henri, Duc de Bourbon, Prime Minister of France (d. 1740)
  • Oct 25 Elisabeth Farnese, princess of Parma/queen of Spain
  • Oct 31 Comte de Caylus, French archaeologist (d. 1765)
  • Nov 6 Louis Racine, French poet (d. 1763)
  • Nov 7 Johannes G Schnabel, German author/surgeon (Insel Felsenburg)
  • Nov 15 Eusebius Amort, German Catholic theologian (d. 1775)
  • Nov 21 Carlo Fragoni, Italy, poet

Deaths in History

  • Jan 19 John Commelin, director of Hortus Botanist (Amsterdam), dies at 62
  • Mar 25 Gerardus L Blasius, Flemish anatomist, dies at about 66
  • Apr 14 Carlos de Gurrea, Spanish viceroy (Spanish Netherlands), dies
  • May 18 Elias Ashmole, English antiquarian and collector (Ashmolean Museum), dies at 74
  • Jul 10 Bridget Bishop, 1st person to be hanged in Salem witch trials Massachusetts USA
  • Jul 23 Gilles Ménage, French scholar (b. 1613)
  • Nov 6 Gédéon Tallemant des Réaux, French writer (b. 1619)
  • Nov 19 Georg F von Waldeck, German commander-in-chief (Colors), dies
  • Nov 19 Thomas Shadwell, English poet and playwright (2nd Poet Laureate 1689-92), dies at about 50
  • Dec 18 Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff, German statesman (b. 1626)