On This Day

What Happened in June 1665

Historical Events

  • Jun 3 Duke of York (future James II) defeats Dutch fleet off the coast of Lowestoft
  • Jun 6 Battle at Monte Carlo: English and Portuguese armies beat Spain

Historic DiscoveryGreat Plague of London

Jun 7 Great Plague of London: Samuel Pepys writes in his diary of houses marked with a red cross in London's Drury Lane, meaning somebody inside is infected with the plague and must be locked in for 40 days or until death
Learn More >>

Drivers of death carts in London would go street-to-street extolling people to
Drivers of death carts in London would go street-to-street extolling people to "bring out your dead" at the height of the London plague outbreak in 1665
  • Jun 12 New Amsterdam legally becomes an English colony and renamed New York after English Duke of York
  • Jun 12 England installs a municipal government in New York City
  • Jun 13 Battle of Lowestoft, off Suffolk, England: English fleet beats Dutch
  • Jun 17 Battle of Viciosa (Monte Claros): English & Portuguese army beat Spain
  • Jun 30 The number of deaths in London from the Great Plague during June is recorded as 6,137 people

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 4 Zacharie Robutel de La Noue, Canadian soldier, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1733)
  • Jun 5 Nicolas Bernier, French composer, born in Mantes-sur-Seine (d. 1734)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 11 Kenelm Digby, English philosopher and diplomat, dies at 61
  • Jun 13 Auke Stellingwerf, lt-admiral of Friesland, dies in battle at about 29
  • Jun 13 Egbert Meussen Kortenaer, vice-admiral, dies in battle at about 29
  • Jun 13 Jacob van Wassenaer, [Foggy Obdam], lt-admiral, dies in battle at 55
  • Jun 25 Sigismund Francis, Archduke of Austria, dies at 34