What Happened in 1661

Important Events

  • Jan 30 Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England is ritually executed after having been dead for two years
  • Aug 6 The Treaty of The Hague is signed whereby the Dutch Republic sells New Holland (Brazil) for 63 tonnes of gold to Portugal
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1st banknotes in Europe are issued by Bank of Stockholm

On July 16, 1661

Famous People Born in 1661

  • Jan 5 Jacob Balthasar Schutz, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1700)
  • Jan 30 Charles Rollin, French historian, born in Paris (d. 1741)
  • Mar 25 Paul de Rapin, French historian (d. 1725)
  • Apr 11 Antoine Coypel, French painter and poet, born in Paris (d. 1722)
  • Apr 16 Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, English poet and statesman, born in Horton, Northamptonshire, England (d. 1715)
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World Leaders in 1661

Famous People in 1661

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 16 Princess Henrietta of Orange-Nassau (16) weds Philippe of France, Duke of OrlĂ©ans (20)
  • May 25 King Charles II marries Portuguese princess Catherina of Braganca

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Pieter Claesz, Dutch still life painter, dies at about 64
  • Jan 3 Maria I Stuart, Queen of England/husband of Willem II, dies at 29 [NS]
  • Jan 17 Andres Malong, Philippines rebel leader, executed
  • Jan 19 Thomas Venner, Fifth Monarchist (executed) (b. 1799)
  • Feb 2 Lucas Holstenius, German humanist (b. 1596)
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