Historical Events in 1687

Event of Interest

Jan 27 Charles Perrault's poem "The Age of Louis the Great" read out at the French Academy, part of the literary quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns

  • Mar 19 Explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, is murdered by his own men

Declaration of Indulgence

Apr 4 English King James II publishes his Declaration of Indulgence, a step towards establishing freedom of religion in the British Isles

Principia Published

Jul 5 Isaac Newton's great work Principia published by Royal Society in England, outlining his laws of motion and universal gravitation

  • Aug 12 Battle of Mohacs: Ottoman invaders of Hungary routed by forces of Holy Roman Emperor under Charles of Lorraine
  • Sep 14 French officer Louis-Armand de Lom d’Arce, baron Lahontan arrives at Fort Saint-Joseph (modern Detroit) as its new commander (a year later abandons and razes to the ground) [1]

Siege of the Acropolis

Sep 26 Acropolis in Athens attacked by Venetian army trying to eject Turks, damaging the Parthenon

  • Sep 28 Venetians take Athens from the Turks
  • Oct 11 Hungary accepts Habsburg sovereignty
  • Nov 10 Pope Innocent XI publishes decree Coelestis pastor
  • Dec 31 1st Huguenots depart France to Cape of Good Hope