On This Day

What Happened on August 20, 1672

Historical Events

MurderMurder of Interest

Former Grand Pensionary of Holland 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 Deaths

  • Cornelis de Witt, Dutch statesman (Chatham), lynched at 49

Person of interestJohan de Witt

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

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

1672 Highlights

About August 20, 1672

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 349 years, 1 month and 24 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Leo