On This Day

What Happened in 1681

Historical Events

  • Jan 6 1st recorded boxing match (Duke of Albemarle's butler vs his butcher)
  • Mar 4 English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania
  • Mar 21 3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London
  • Jul 2 Earl of Shaftesbury arrested for high treason
  • Sep 30 Netherlands & Sweden sign treaty
  • Oct 24 Earl of Shaftesbury accused of high treason in London
  • Nov 9 Hungarian parliament promises protestants freedom of religion

1681 in Sport

  • Jan 6 1st recorded boxing match (Duke of Albemarle's butler vs his butcher)

Famous People Born in 1681

  • Jan 20 Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, composer
  • Mar 14 Georg Philipp Telemann, German late baroque composer, born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 1767)
  • Mar 30 Pieter Snyers, Flemish painter/engraver
  • Apr 11 Anne Danican Philidor, French composer (Concert Spirituel), born in Paris (d. 1728)
  • Jun 18 Feofan Prokopovich, Russian Orthodox theologian and Archbishop of Novgorod, born in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1736)
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World Leaders in 1681

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 28 Richard Allestree, English royalist churchman (b. 1619)
  • Feb 14 Francesco Nigetti, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 12 Frans van Mieris the Elder, Dutch painter, dies at 45
  • Apr 9 Alfonso Marsh, English composer and lutenist, dies at 54
  • May 25 Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, dies at 81
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