On This Day

What Happened in August 1672

Historical Events

Murder of Interest

Aug 20 Former Grand Pensionary of Holland 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 (Chatham), lynched at 49

Johan de Witt

Aug 20 Johan de Witt, Dutch statesman and Grand Pensionary of Holland (1653-72), lynched at 46