On This Day

Historical Events in 1690

  • Jan 6 Joseph I, later Holy Roman Emperor and son of Emperor Leopold I, becomes King of the Romans
  • Jan 14 The musical instrument, the clarinet is invented in N├╝rnberg, Germany
  • Jan 22 Iroquois tribes renew allegiance to British against French
  • Feb 8 French and Native American troops set Schenectady settlement New York on fire
  • Feb 8 Lord Halifax resigns as Lord Privy Seal

Historic Event

Mar 16 French King Louis XIV sends troops to Ireland

  • May 11 English troops of W Phips conquer Port Royal, Nova Scotia
  • May 20 England passes Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II
  • May 22 San Francisco De Los Tejas Mission founded by the Spanish on San Pedro Creek - first Spanish mission in East Texas (later relocated) [1]
  • Jun 8 Siddi general Yadi Sakat, razes the Mazagon Fort in Mumbai

Historic Event

Jun 11 English king William III departs to Ireland

  • Jun 24 King William III's army lands at Carrickfergus, Ireland [OS=June 14]
  • Jun 30 Battle of Beachy Head: French under Tourville beat Dutch English fleet
  • Jul 1 Army of Protestant King William III defeats deposed Roman Catholic King James II in Battle of Boyne in Ireland
  • Jul 10 Battle of Beachy Head - French fleet defeat Anglo-Dutch fleet under Cornelis Evertsen
  • Jul 11 Battle of Drogheda Boyne (William III beats deposed James II)
  • Jul 12 Battle of Boyne: in Ireland, Protestant King William III defeats English Catholic King James II

Victory in Battle

Aug 1 Battle at Staffarda: French army led by Nicolas Catinat defeats the Duchy of Savoy led by Victor Amadeus II (Nine Years' War)

  • Aug 24 Job Charnock sets up East India Company HQ camp by Kalikata village (modern Calcutta)
  • Sep 6 King Wiliam III escapes back to England
  • Sep 25 Publick Occurrences, first newspaper in the American colonies (Boston), publishes first & last edition
  • Oct 7 English attack Quebec under Louis de Buade
  • Oct 8 Siege of Belgrade, Ottoman troops capture Belgrade
  • Oct 23 Revolt in Haarlem after public ban on smoking
  • Dec 10 Massachusetts Bay becomes first American colonial government to issue paper money

Historic Event

Dec 23 English astronomer John Flamsteed observes Uranus without realizing it's undiscovered