On This Day

What Happened in August 1654

Historical Events

  • Aug 5 French troops occupy Stenay
  • Aug 22 Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam (modern day Manhattan) aboard the Peartree, one of the first Jewish colonists
  • Aug 25 Battle of Arras: Louis de Bourbon, Prince of Condé, failed to take Arras and withdrew to Cambrai.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 10 Bernard Nieuwentyt, Dutch physician/theologist

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 12 Cornelis Haga, ambassador to Constantinople (1611-39), dies at 76
  • Aug 19 Yom Tov Lipmann Heller, Bohemian rabbi and scholar (Tosefot Yom Tov), dies (b. c. 1579)
  • Aug 28 Axel Gustafson Oxenstierna, Swedish earl/chancellor/regent, dies at 71
  • Aug 31 Ole Worm, Danish physician, dies at 66