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Historical Events in 1653

  • Jan 3 The Coonan Cross Oath is taken in the Saint Thomas Christian community in an effort to avoid submission to Portuguese rule in India
  • Feb 2 New Amsterdam becomes a city (later renamed New York)
  • Feb 3 Cardinal Mazarin returns to Paris from exile
  • Feb 7 Nicolas Fouquet appointed superintendant of Finance of France
  • Feb 20 Defeat of Dutch fleet under Adm Van Tromp by Admiral Blake off Portsmouth
  • Feb 28 -Mar 3] 3 Day Sea battle English beat Dutch
  • Mar 14 Johan van Galen beats English fleet at Livorno

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Apr 20 Oliver Cromwell routes English parliament to house

English Military and Political Leader Oliver Cromwell
English Military and Political Leader
Oliver Cromwell
  • May 24 German Parliament selects Ferdinand II King of Austria
  • Jun 12 - 13] First Anglo-Dutch War: Battle of the Gabbard/ Battle at North Foreland, English fleet beats the Dutch
  • Jul 4 English Barebones Parliament goes into session
  • Jul 30 Johan de Witt sworn in as pension advisor of Holland
  • Jul 31 Fronde-leaders surrender in Bordeaux
  • Aug 10 The Battle of Scheveningen, English fleet beats Dutch
  • Aug 15 -16] Dutch ship "Sperwer" stranded at Tsjedzjoe Korea
  • Oct 1 Russian parliament accepts annexation of Ukraine
  • Dec 1 An athlete from Croydon is reported to have run 20 miles from St Albans to London in less than 90 minutes
  • Dec 12 English "Barebones" Parliament ends
  • Dec 16 Parliamentarian General Oliver Cromwell appointed as Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland

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Dec 29 Dutch painter Jan Vermeer becomes a member of the Guild of Saint Luke for painters in Delft

Painter Jan Vermeer
Jan Vermeer