What Happened in 1668

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Historical Events

  • Jan 19 King Louis XIV & Emperor Leopold I sign treaty dividing Spain
  • Jan 23 England, Netherlands & Sweden sign Triple Alliance against French
  • Feb 7 Dutch Prince William III dances in premiere of "Ballet of Peace"
  • Feb 13 Treaty of Lisbon: Spain recognizes Portugal
  • Feb 23 Fire in the Hofburg in Vienna, Emperor Leopold I rescued
  • Mar 25 1st horse race in America takes place
  • Mar 26 England takes control of Bombay, India
  • Mar 27 English king Charles II gives Bombay to East India Company
  • Apr 13 John Dryden (36) appointed first English poet laureate by Charles II
  • May 2 Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, 1st peace of Aachen: ends War of Devolution, French-Spanish war in The Netherlands
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Did You Know?

John Dryden (36) appointed first English poet laureate by Charles II

On April 13, 1668


World Leaders in 1668

Famous People in 1668

Famous People Born in 1668

  • Jan 8 Jean Gilles, French composer, born in Tarascon (d. 1705)
  • Mar 5 Francesco Gasparini, composer
  • Mar 29 Thomas Coram, English sea captain and philanthropist (Founder of the Foundling Hospital), born in Lyme Regis, Dorset (d. 1751)
  • Apr 14 Magnus Julius De la Gardie, Swedish General (d. 1741)
  • Apr 20 Yuri Troubetzkoy, Governor of Belgorod (d. 1739)
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Famous Deaths

  • Feb 21 John Thurloe, English Puritan spy (b. 1616)
  • Mar 27 Clemens Thieme, German composer, dies at 36
  • Apr 7 William Davenant, English poet (b. 1606)
  • May 23 Philips Wouwerman, Haarlems painter, buried
  • Jun 20 Heinrich Roth, German Sanskrit scholar (b. 1620)
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