On This Day

What Happened in October 1659

Historical Events

  • Oct 12 English "Rump" Parliament dimisses John Lambert & other generals
  • Oct 13 Major general John Lambert drives out English Rump government

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 8 Jean de Quen, French Jesuit missionary

Person of interestAbel Tasman

Oct 10 Abel Tasman, Dutch seafarer and explorer (1st European to sight Tasmania, New Zealand and Fiji), dies around the age of 55

Explorer and Seafarer Abel Tasman
Explorer and Seafarer
Abel Tasman
  • Oct 31 John Bradshaw, English judge (b. 1602)