On This Day

What Happened in November 1680

Historical Events

  • Nov 14 Gottfried Kirch discovers the Great Comet of 1680 (Kirch's Comet/Newton's Comet)

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 18 Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, Flemish composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1730)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 5 Gillis Valckenier, mayor of Amsterdam (1665..80), dies at about 57
  • Nov 27 Athanasius Kircher, German Jesuit priest and inventor (magic lantern), dies at 79

Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Nov 28 Gian Lorenzo [Giovanni] Bernini, Italian baroque sculptor, painter and architect (St. Peter's Baldachin), dies at 81