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What Happened in 1651

Historical Events

  • Feb 13 Flemish missionary Joris van Geel departs to Congo
  • Mar 5 South Sea dike in Amsterdam breaks after storm
  • Mar 31 Great earthquake at Cuzco, Peru
  • Jun 12 The newly completed Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini is unveiled in Rome
  • Jun 28 Battle of Beresteczko between Poles and Ukrainians starts.
  • Jun 30 The Deluge: Khmelnytsky Uprising - the Battle of Beresteczko ends with a Polish victory
  • Jul 24 Anthony Johnson, a free African American, receives grant of 250 acres in Virginia
  • Sep 3 Battle of Worcester: Oliver Cromwell's New Model army destroys English royalist force of mainly Scots in last battle of English Civil War
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Famous People Born in 1651

  • Jan 13 Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington, English politician (d. 1694)
  • Jan 20 Edward Tyson, British Physician and father of comparative anatomy (The Anatomy of a Pygmy, 1698)
  • Mar 4 John Baron Somers, English Whig, William III's chief minister (1696-1700), born in Whiteladies, Claines, England (d. 1716)
  • Mar 16 Zaccaria Tevo, Italian composer, born in Piove di Sacco
  • Mar 31 Karl II, Elector Palatine (d. 1685)

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Famous People in 1651

World Leaders in 1651

Would You Believe?

King Charles II of England spends a day hiding in an oak tree during his escape after losing the Battle of Worcester

On September 6, 1651

Famous People Who Died in 1651

  • Jan 8 Giovanni Battista Gagliano, composer, dies at 56
  • Jan 13 Abraham C Bloemaert, painter/cartoonist/engraver, dies at 86
  • Apr 7 Lennart Torstenson, Swedish soldier and engineer (b. 1603)
  • Jun 16 Marsilio Casentini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 27 Jacob A Backer, painter, dies at about 43

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