On This Day

What Happened in October 1661

Historical Events

Sports History

Oct 1 Yachting begins in England as King Charles II beats his brother James, Duke of York in a yacht race from Greenwich to Gravesend

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 11 Melchior de Polignac, French diplomat, Cardinal and poet, born in Chateau de la Ronte, Haute-Loire, France (d. 1741)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 4 Jacqueline Pascal, French child prodigy, dies at 36
  • Oct 6 Guru Har Rai, seventh Sikh Guru
  • Oct 26 Johann B Schup [Schuppius], German poet, historian and vicar, dies
  • Oct 28 Agustín Moreto y Cavana, Spanish playwright (b. 1518)
  • Oct 30 Alexander Adriaenssen, Flemish painter known for his still lifes of fish and game pieces, dies at 74
  • Oct 31 Mehmed Koprulu, Albanian great vizier of Turkey, dies