On This Day

What Happened in October 1679

Historical Events

  • Oct 23 Meal Tub Plot against James Duke of York (future James II of England)

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 16 Jan Dismas Zelenka, Bohemian composer born at Lou┼łovice, Lands of the Bohemian Crown (d. 1745)
  • Oct 18 Ann Putnam, Jr., American accuser in the Salem Witch Trials (d. 1716)
  • Oct 20 Samuel von Cocceji, German lawyer, Grand Chancellor of Prussia, born in Heidelberg (d. 1755)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 12 William Gurnall, English writer (b. 1617)
  • Oct 24 Barent Avercamp, Dutch landscape painter, dies at about 66
  • Oct 26 Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist, dies at 58