On This Day

What Happened in August 1672

Historical Events


MurderMurder of Interest

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

Statesman and Advisor of Holland Johan de Witt
Statesman and Advisor of Holland
Johan de Witt

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

Person of interestJohan de Witt

Aug 20 Johan de Witt, Dutch statesman and advisor of Holland, lynched at 46

Statesman and Advisor of Holland Johan de Witt
Statesman and Advisor of Holland
Johan de Witt