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Historical Events in 1678

  • Jan 2 Staatsoper Hamburg opens with Theiles "Adam und Eva"

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Feb 18 John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" is published in Holborn, London, by Nathaniel Ponder

Author John Bunyan
Author
John Bunyan
  • Feb 27 Earl of Shaftesbury freed from the Tower of London
  • Apr 25 French troops conquer Ypres
  • May 3 French conquering fleet at Curacao, 1200 die
  • May 11 French admiral Jean d'Estrees' naval fleet runs aground on Aves-islands, Curacao, ends French control and ushers in an age of Piracy in the Caribbean

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Jun 25 Venetian Elena Cornaro Piscopia is awarded a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Padua, 1st woman to receive a university doctoral degree or PhD

Philosopher and Mathematician Elena Cornaro Piscopia
Philosopher and Mathematician
Elena Cornaro Piscopia
  • Jul 26 England and Netherlands signs treaty: sending ultimatum to France
  • Jul 30 English troops land in Flanders
  • Aug 3 Robert LaSalle builds 1st ship in America, Griffon
  • Aug 10 Netherlands & France sign peace treaty in Nijmegen
  • Aug 14 Battle of Mons - French repulse William of Orange
  • Sep 17 France & Spain sign Treaties of Nijmegen
  • Sep 29 France & Brandenburg signs peace treaty
  • Nov 5 Brandenburgse troops occupy Greifswald in Sweden
  • Nov 30 Roman Catholics banned from English parliament

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Dec 3 Edmond Halley receives MA from The Queen's College, Oxford

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley