On This Day

What Happened in September 1659

Historical Events

  • Sep 30 Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked (according to Daniel Defoe)
  • Sep 30 Peter Stuyvesant of New Netherlands forbids tennis playing during religious services (1st mention of tennis in US)

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 10 Henry Purcell, English organist and composer (Dido & Aeneas), born in St Ann's Lane, Old Pye Street, Westminster (d. 1695)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 5 Pieter de Carpentier, Flemish gov-gen of Neth East-Indies, dies at 71