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What Happened in 1691

Historical Events in 1691

  • Jan 18 English King William III travels to The Hague
  • Feb 17 Thomas Neale granted English patent for American postal service
  • Apr 9 French troops occupy Mons
  • Jun 12 Pope Innocent XII succeeds Alexander VIII
  • Jul 12 Antonio Pignatelli elected as Pope Innocentius XII
  • Jul 12 Battle of Aughrim (Aghrim) Ireland, William III beats James II
  • Jul 22 Battle at Aghrim: English/Dutch army beats France
  • Aug 16 Yorktown, Virginia founded
  • Aug 19 Battle at Szalankemen: Austrians beat Turks
  • Sep 17 Massachusetts Bay Colony granted new charter

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Famous People Born in 1691

  • Jan 28 Johann Balthasar Konig, composer
  • Feb 27 Edward Cave, English editor and publisher (d. 1754)
  • Apr 9 Johann Matthias Gesner, German classical scholar, born in Roth, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1761)
  • Jun 14 Jan Francisci, Slovak composer, born in Bansk√° (d. 1758)
  • Jun 17 Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Italian painter and architect, born in Piacenza, Duchy of Parma, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1765)

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World Leaders in 1691

Famous People Who Died in 1691

  • Jan 13 George Fox, founder of Quakers, dies at 66
  • Jan 20 Christian de Placker, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 1 Alexander VIII [Pietro Ottoboni], Italian Pope (1689-91), dies at 80
  • Feb 1 George Etherege, English stage writer (Love in a Tub), dies at 56
  • Feb 8 Carlo Rainaldi, Italian architect and composer, dies at 79

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