On This Day

What Happened on August 20, 1672

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

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

Famous Deaths

  • Cornelis de Witt, Dutch, statesman, lynched at 49
  • Johan de Witt, Dutch statesman and advisor of Holland, lynched at 46