What Happened in 1652

Important Events

  • Apr 6 Cape Colony, the 1st European settlement in South Africa, established by Dutch East India Company under Jan van Riebeeck
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Famous People Born in 1652

  • Jan 1 Johann Krieger, German composer and organist, born in Nuremberg (d. 1735)
  • Jan 7 Pavao Vitezovic, Croatia, writer/historian
  • Mar 3 Thomas Otway, England, playwright/poet (Venice Preserved)
  • Mar 28 Samuel Sewall, English-American judge and businessman, born in Bishopstoke, Hampshire, England (d. 1730)
  • Apr 7 Clement XII [Lorenzo Corsini], Italian Pope (1730-40) who despite ill health and total blindness (1732) unsuccessfully stemmed decline of papal influence, born in Florence (d. 1740)
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World Leaders in 1652

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New Amsterdam (now New York City) enacts first speed limit law in North America

On June 27, 1652

Famous Weddings

  • May 2 Daughter of the Prince of Orange, Albertine Agnes marries William Frederick Prince of Nassau-Dietz

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 17 Gregorio Allegri, Italian singer/composer (Miserere), dies at about 67
  • Mar 21 Vredius [Olivier de Wree], Flemish historian and mayor of Brugge, dies at 55
  • Apr 15 Patriarch Joseph, head of the Russian Orthodox Church
  • Apr 21 Pietro Della Valle, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • May 27 Jacques Huyn, French baroque composer, dies at 39
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