On This Day

Historical Events in 1687

  • Mar 19 Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, is murdered by his own men
  • Apr 4 King James II orders his declaration of indulgence read in English churches
  • Jul 2 King James II disbands English parliament

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Jul 5 Isaac Newton's great work PRINCIPIA published by Royal Society in England. Outlines his laws of motion and universal gravitation.

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • Aug 12 Charles of Lotharingen defeats Turkish leaders
  • Aug 12 Battle of Mohacs: Ottoman invaders of Hungary routed by forces of Holy Roman Emperor under Charles of Lorraine

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Sep 26 Acropolis in Athens attacked by Venetian army trying to eject Turks, damaging the Parthenon
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The Parthenon, former temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece
The Parthenon, former temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece
  • Sep 26 The city council of Amsterdam votes to support William of Orange's invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution.
  • 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