On This Day

What Happened in August 1661

Historical Events

  • Aug 6 The Treaty of The Hague is signed whereby the Dutch Republic sells New Holland (Brazil) for 63 tonnes of gold to Portugal

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 6 Jacqueline-Marie-Angélique Arnauld, French abbess (Port-Royal de Paris), dies at about 70
  • Aug 7 Jin Shengtan, Chinese editor, writer and critic (b. 1608)
  • Aug 16 Thomas Fuller, British scholar, preacher and historian (History of the Worthies of Britain), dies of typhus fever at 53
  • Aug 26 Louis Couperin, composer, dies