On This Day

What Happened in October 1656

Historical Events

  • Oct 2 English North American colony of Connecticut passes law against Quakers
  • Oct 24 Treaty of Vilnius: Russia & Poland sign anti-Swedish covenant

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 20 Nicolas de Largillière, French painter (d. 1746)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Stephan Otto, German composer, dies at 53

Person of interestMyles Standish

Oct 3 Myles Standish, Plymouth Colony leader, dies of strangury at 72

Military Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles Standish
Military Leader of Plymouth Colony
Myles Standish
  • Oct 8 Johann Georg I, ruler of Saxon (1611-56, Peace of Prague), dies at 71