What Happened in 1656

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Significant Events

  • Jan 8 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

The first Quakers to land in America (Boston), Englishwomen Ann Austin and Mary Fisher, are arrested and jailed by the Puritan colonial government. After 5 years imprisonment they are deported back to Barbados

On July 11, 1656


World Leaders in 1656

Famous People in 1656

Would You Believe?

All female jury hears case of Judith Catchpole, accused of killing her child (acquit her) in Patuxent County, Maryland

On September 22, 1656

Famous Weddings

  • Nov 12 English Poet and author of epic "Paradise Lost" John Milton (47) marries 2nd wife Katherine Woodcock