On This Day

What Happened in August 1672

Historical Events

  • Aug 20 Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis are brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss scholar, born in Z├╝rich, Switzerland (d. 1733)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 9 Jose Ximenez, Spanish composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 20 Cornelis de Witt, Dutch, statesman, lynched at 49
  • Aug 20 Johan de Witt, Dutch statesman and advisor of Holland, lynched at 46