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What Happened in 1666

Historical Events in 1666

  • Jan 26 France declares war on England & Munster
  • Feb 16 Netherlands & Brandenburg sign treaty
  • Apr 18 Peace of Kleef: Netherlands & bishop Von Galen of Munster
  • Jun 4 Battle at Dunkirk: English vs Dutch fleet
  • Jun 11 -14] Vierdaagse Sea battle (Ruyter-Monk vs Prince Ruprecht)
  • Aug 4 Hurricane hits Guadeloupe, Martinique and St Christopher; thousands die
  • Aug 4 Sea battle between Netherlands and England
  • Aug 5 English fleet beats Dutch under Michiel de Ruyter
  • Aug 9 Rear Admiral Robert Holmes leads a raid on the Dutch island of Terschelling, destroying 150 merchant ships in the Vlie estuary, and pillaging the town of West-Terschelling, an act later known as "Holmes's Bonfire".
  • Sep 2 Great Fire of London begins at 2am in Pudding Lane, 80% of London is destroyed

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Famous People Born in 1666

  • Jan 5 Guru Gobind Singh, Tenth Guru of Sikhism, founder and General of Khalsa Army, social reformist and poet, born in Patna Sahib (d. 1708)
  • Feb 9 George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (d. 1737)
  • Feb 15 Antonio M Valsalva, Italian anatomist (eardrums, glottis)
  • Mar 15 George Bähr, German architect (Frauenkirche, Dresden) (d. 1738)
  • Apr 17 François Valentijn, Dutch vicar and writer (Old and New East-India), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1727)

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World Leaders in 1666

Famous Weddings in 1666

  • Sep 23 Princess Maria of Orange-Nassau marries Mauritius earl of Simmeren

Famous People Who Died in 1666

  • Jan 18 Adriaen A Bloemaert, Dutch landscape painter, dies at about 56
  • Jan 20 Anna of Austria, queen of France/daughter of Philip III, dies at 64
  • Jan 22 Shah Jahan, 5th Mughal Emperor of India (1628-58) who built the Taj Mahal for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, dies at 74
  • Jan 24 Johann Andreas Herbst, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 24 Nicholas Lanier, English composer, dies at 77

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