On This Day

Birthdays in History in 1656

  • Mar 10 Adolf H van Rechteren, Dutch diplomat/politician
  • Apr 10 René Lepage de Ste-Claire, lord-founder of the town of Rimouski, in New France, born in Ouanne, Burgundy, France (d. 1718)
  • Jun 5 Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, French botanist, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1708)
  • Jul 7 Guru Har Krishan, 8th Guru of Sikhism (d. 1664)
  • Aug 6 Claude de Forbin, French naval commander, born in Gardanne, France (d. 1733)
  • Sep 6 Guillaume Dubois, French cardinal and statesman, born in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France (d. 1723)
  • Sep 14 Thomas Baker, English antiquarian, born in Lanchester, Durham (d. 1746)
  • Oct 20 Nicolas de Largillière, French painter (d. 1746)

Person of interestEdmond Halley

Nov 8 Edmond Halley, English mathematician and astronomer (Halley's comet), born in Haggerston, Middlesex (d. 1742) [OS 29 Oct]

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
  • Nov 9 Paul Aler, French jesuit and poet (Gradus ad Parnassum), born in Luxembourg (d. 1727)