On This Day

Historical Events in 1679

Historic Event

Jan 24 King Charles II disbands English parliament

  • Jan 31 Jean-Baptiste Lully's opera "Bellerophon" premieres at the Palais-Royal in Paris
  • Feb 5 German emperor Leopold I signs peace with France

Meeting of Interest

Apr 3 Edmond Halley meets Johannes Hevelius in Danzig

  • May 27 Habeas Corpus Act passes in England, strengthening a person's right to challenge unlawful arrest and imprisonment
  • Jun 1 The Scottish Covenanters defeat John Graham of Claverhouse at the Battle of Drumclog
  • Jun 22 Battle at Bothwell Bridge on Clyde: Duke of Monmouth beats Scots
  • Jul 2 Europeans first visit Minnesota and see headwaters of Mississippi in an expedition led by Daniel Greysolon de Du Luth
  • Jul 12 Britain's King Charles II ratifies Habeas Corpus Act allowing prisoners right to be imprisoned to be examined by a court
  • Sep 18 New Hampshire becomes a county in Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Oct 23 Meal Tub Plot against James Duke of York (future James II of England)
  • Nov 15 English House of Commons accepts Exclusion Bill
  • Dec 27 Dutch troops capture Madurees prince Trunudjojo in Java