On This Day

What Happened in December 1689

Historical Events

  • Dec 16 English Parliament passes Bill of Rights establishing limits on crown powers and requirement for regular elections
  • Dec 22 Heavy earthquake strikes Innsbruck
  • Dec 30 Henry Purcell & Tates opera "Dido & Aeneas" premieres in Chesea

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 23 Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, composer
  • Dec 24 Frans van Mieris the Younger, Dutch painter & historian, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1763)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 29 Olfert Dapper, Amsterdam historian/geographer, buried
  • Dec 29 Thomas Sydenham, English physician and author of Observationes Medicae, dies at 65