On This Day

Famous Deaths in 1687

  • Jan 28 Johannes Hevelius, astronomer (star cataloger), dies on 76th birthday
  • Feb 16 Charles Cotton, English poet and writer, dies at 56
  • Mar 19 RenĂ©-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, French explorer (Louisiana), killed by his men at 43
  • Mar 22 Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer (Miserere Suites de Symphonies et Trios), dies at 54
  • Mar 28 Constantijn Huygens, Dutch diplomat and poet, dies at 90
  • Apr 12 Ambrose Dixon, Virginia Colony pioneer
  • Apr 16 George Villiers 2nd duke of Buckingham, dies at 59
  • Jun 12 Jurriaen van Streeck, Dutch still life painter, buried
  • Jul 19 Laura Martinozzi, Duchess of Modena (b. 1637)
  • Sep 1 Henry More, English philosopher (b. 1614)
  • Sep 28 Francis Turretin, Swiss theologian (b. 1623)
  • Oct 13 Geminiano Montanari, Italian astronomer (b. 1633)
  • Oct 21 Edmund Waller, English poet/plotter (Waller's plot), dies
  • Nov 14 Eleanor "Nell" Gwyn, English mistress of King Charles II of England, dies from apoplexy at 37
  • Dec 16 William Petty, English political economist and statistician (Treatise of Taxes and Contributions), dies at 64