On This Day

What Happened in October 1688

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Prince Willem III of Orange accepts invitation of take up the British crown
  • Oct 27 King James II dismisses premier Robert Spencer

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 17 Domenico Zipoli, Italian organist and composer, born in Prato (d. 1726)
  • Oct 19 William Cheselden, English surgeon and anatomist (d. 1752)
  • Oct 22 Nader Shah, Iranian ruler (1736-47) and founder of Afsharid Dynasty of Persia, born in Kobhan, Iran (d. 1747)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 4 Philips Koninck, Dutch landscape painter, dies at 68
  • Oct 6 Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle, English statesman, dies at 35
  • Oct 9 Claude Perrault, French Architect and Physician, dies at 75
  • Oct 23 Charles du Fresne, sieur du Cange, French philologist (b. 1610)