What Happened in 1659

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Significant Events

  • Feb 16 1st known cheque (£400) (on display at Westminster Abbey)
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Did You Know?

Peter Stuyvesant of New Netherlands forbids tennis playing during religious services (1st mention of tennis in US)

On September 30, 1659


World Leaders in 1659

Famous People in 1659

Famous People Born in 1659

  • Jan 17 Antonio Veracini, composer
  • Jan 21 Adriaen van der Werff, Dutch portrait painter/engraver/architect
  • Feb 1 Jacob Roggeveen, Dutch navigator (Easter Island), born in Middleburg, Netherlands (d. 1729)
  • Mar 8 Isaac de Beausobre, French Protestant pastor, born in Niort, France (d. 1738)
  • Mar 26 William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist and physicist (famous for discovering the chemical elements palladium and rhodium), born in East Dereham, Norfolk, England (d. 1828)
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