On This Day

1647 in History

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30 After nine months of negotiations, Scottish Presbyterians sell captured Charles I to English Parliament for around £100,000

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • Mar 14 Thirty Years' War: Bavaria, Cologne, France and Sweden sign the Truce of Ulm.
  • Mar 25 Cape of Good Hope: tour ship Haerlem stranded in Tafel Bay
  • May 11 Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam
  • May 23 Willem II sworn in as viceroy of Holland
  • May 26 Massachusetts disallows priest access to colony
  • May 26 Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jun 4 English Parliamentary army under Cornet George Joyce takes King Charles I as a prisoner during Second Civil War
  • Jul 7 People's uprising against high prices and Spanish rule in Naples
  • Aug 8 The Irish Confederate Wars and Wars of the Three Kingdoms: Battle of Dungans Hill - English Parliamentary forces defeat Irish forces.
  • Sep 1 French cardinal Mazarin & Duke of Modena sign treaty against Milan
  • Nov 11 Massachusetts passes first compulsory school attendance law in the American colonies

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 2 Nathaniel Bacon, leader of Bacon's Rebellion, Va (1676)
  • Jan 7 Wilhelm Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1677)
  • Mar 12 Victor-Maurice, comte de Broglie, French general (d. 1727)
  • Apr 1 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, English poet (d. 1680)
  • May 3 Joannes Antonides van der Goes, Dutch poet (Bellone aen bant), born in Goes, Netherlands (d. 1684)
  • Jun 20 Johann Georg III, Elector of Saxony (1680-91), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1691)
  • Jul 2 Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham, English Tory statesman, born in London (d. 1730)
  • Jul 22 Margaretha Mary Alacoque, French Roman Catholic saint and mystic, born in L'Hautecour, France (d. 1690)
  • Aug 12 Johann Heinrich Acker, German writer (d. 1719)
  • Aug 22 Denis Papin, French physicist (Papiniaanse pot, steam machine), born in Blois, France (d. 1712)
  • Sep 4 Gerhard Noodt, Dutch lawyer, born in Nijemegen, Netherlands (d. 1725)
  • Sep 23 Joseph Dudley, American statesman (d. 1720)
  • Oct 3 Johannes Voet, Dutch lawyer, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1713)
  • Nov 8 Pierre Bayle, French philosopher and writer (Historical and Critical Dictionary), born in Carla-le-Comte, Kingdom of France (d. 1706)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 19 Johan van Beverwijck, physician (Treas of Ongesontheyt), dies at 52
  • Jan 29 Francis Meres, English writer (b. 1565)

Person of interestFrederick Henry

Mar 14 Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange and stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders, and Overijssel (1625-47), dies at 63

Prince of Orange Frederick Henry
Prince of Orange
Frederick Henry
  • Apr 25 Matthias Gallas, Austrian earl of Campo and Duke of Lucerna, dies at 62
  • May 19 Sebastian Vrancx, Flemish painter (captain of vigilante), dies
  • May 21 Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, Dutch poet and playwright (Warenar), dies at about 65
  • Jun 12 Thomas Farnaby, English grammarian
  • Jul 7 Thomas Hooker, American colonial clergyman (known as "the father of Connecticut"), dies at 61
  • Jul 16 Masaniello [Tommaso Aniello], Italian fisherman and leader of the 1647 Naples revolt against the rule of Habsburg Spain, assassinated by a group of grain merchants at 27
  • Aug 24 Nicholas Stone "Elder", English sculptor/architect, dies at about 61
  • Sep 12 Joos Banckert, Swiss admiral (Spanish silver fleet), dies at 48
  • Oct 8 Christian Sørensen Longomontanus, Danish astronomer, dies at 85
  • Oct 25 Evangelista Torricelli, Italian physicist (inventor of barometer), dies at 39