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What Happened in 1672

Historical Events in 1672

  • Jan 1 Jean Racine's "Bajazet," premieres in Paris
  • Feb 8 Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London
  • Feb 23 Joan Blaeus publishers destroyed by fire in Amsterdam
  • Mar 15 King Charles II enacts Declaration of Indulgence
  • Apr 6 France declares war on Netherlands
  • Apr 29 Franco-Dutch War: Louis XIV of France invades the Netherlands.
  • May 2 John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
  • May 6 Brandenburg monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands
  • May 15 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts
  • May 17 Frontenac becomes Governor of New France (Canada)

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World Leaders in 1672

Famous People Who Died in 1672

  • Jan 15 John Cosin, English clergyman, dies at 77
  • Jan 28 Pierre S├ęguier, Chancellor of France, dies at 83
  • Feb 19 Charles Chauncy, American clergyman and President of Harvard College (1654-72), dies at 79
  • Apr 22 Georg Stiernhielm, Swedish scholar & poet often known as "father of Swedish poetry" (Hercules), dies at 73
  • May 5 Samuel Cooper, English painter (b. 1609)

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