On This Day

Historical Events in 1688

  • Feb 18 Quakers consider drafting formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 18 "Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery": Francis Daniel Pastorius presents 1st formal written protest against African-American slavery in English colonies in Germantown, Pennsylvania

Historic Event

Jun 30 Whig Lords questions prince William III of Orange on Protestantism

  • Jul 19 Soldiers killed governor of Aerssen in Paramaribo
  • Sep 6 Austrian armies occupy Belgrade
  • Sep 20 French troops occupies Palts
  • Sep 24 France declares war on Germany
  • Oct 1 Prince Willem III of Orange accepts invitation of take up the British crown
  • Oct 27 King James II dismisses premier Robert Spencer
  • Nov 11 Prince Willem III's invasion fleet sails to England
  • Nov 15 Prince Willem III's army lands at Torbay, England; the 'Glorious Revolution' commences
  • Nov 24 General strategist John Churchill meets William III
  • Nov 26 Duke of Savoye signs on to League of Augsburg

Declaration of War

Nov 26 French King Louis XIV declares war on Netherlands

  • Nov 26 King James II escapes back to London

Historic Event

Dec 4 General John Churchill (later 1st Duke of Marlborough) changes allegiance from James II to William of Orange

  • Dec 9 King James II's wife & son flee England for France
  • Dec 10 King James II flees London
  • Dec 11 King James II captured in Kent
  • Dec 15 Lord Delamere sides with King James II [NS 12/25]
  • Dec 19 King James II's wife & son flee to France
  • Dec 20 Prince William of Orange's troops arrive in London
  • Dec 22 Pro-James II, Earl of Danby occupies York
  • Dec 23 King James II, the last Roman Catholic British monarch flees to France from William of Orange
  • Dec 25 British King James II lands in Ambleteuse, France
  • Dec 25 Lord Delamere sides with King James II
  • Dec 31 Pro-James II-earl of Devonshire occupies Nottingham [OS=Dec 21]