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What Happened in 1679

Historical Events

  • May 27 Habeas Corpus Act passes in England, strengthening a person's right to challenge unlawful arrest and imprisonment
  • Jul 12 Britain's King Charles II ratifies Habeas Corpus Act allowing prisoners right to be imprisoned to be examined by a court
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1679 in Music

  • Jan 31 Jean-Baptiste Lully's opera "Bellerophon" premieres at the Palais-Royal in Paris

Famous People Born in 1679

  • Jan 5 Pietro Filippo Scarlotti, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1750)
  • Jan 19 Girolamo Chiti, Italian composer and music theorist, born in Siena (d. 1759)
  • Jan 24 Christian von Wolff, German philosopher
  • Jan 27 Jean-Francois de Troy, French painter
  • Feb 14 Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, German composer, born in Ostramondra, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1735)

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World Leaders in 1679