What Happened in 1689

Historical Events

  • Jan 22 Prince William of Orange (future King William III of Britain), summons Convention Parliament to discuss ruling jointly with his wife Mary (daughter of exiled King James II)
  • Feb 13 Parliament of England adopts the Bill of Rights which establishes the rights of parliament and places limits on the crown
  • Jul 1 Matsuo Basho, zen poet, leaves for 150 days journey on Honshu, Japan
  • Jul 27 Battle of Killicrankie: Jacobite Scottish Highlanders under Viscount Dundee defeat royalist force under General MacKay
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English Parliament passes Bill of Rights establishing limits on crown powers and requirement for regular elections

On December 16, 1689

Famous People Born in 1689

  • Jan 18 Charles de Montesquieu, French philosopher and writer (Letters Persanes)
  • Jan 29 Hubert K. Poot, Dutch poet (d. 1733)
  • Apr 15 Ferdinand Zellbell the elder, Swedish composer (d. 1765)
  • May 15 Mary Wortley Montagu, English essayist, feminist, eccentric (baptism 26 May)
  • May 24 Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea, English politician (d. 1769)

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World Leaders in 1689

Famous People Who Died in 1689

  • Jan 6 Seth Ward, English mathematician and astronomer (b. 1617)
  • Feb 12 Marie Louise D'Orleans, Queen consort of Spain as the first wife of King Charles II of Spain, dies at 26
  • Feb 21 Isaacus Vossius [Isaac Vos], Dutch librarian, dies
  • Mar 18 John Dixwell, English judge (b. 1607)
  • Apr 16 Aphra Behn, English dramatist and novelist, dies at 48

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