Year 1661 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 30 Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England is ritually executed after having been dead for two years
  • Aug 6 The Treaty of The Hague is signed whereby the Dutch Republic sells New Holland (Brazil) for 63 tonnes of gold to Portugal
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Historical Figures Born in 1661

  • Jan 30 Charles Rollin, French historian, born in Paris (d. 1741)
  • Mar 25 Paul de Rapin, French historian (d. 1725)
  • Apr 11 Antoine Coypel, French painter and poet, born in Paris (d. 1722)
  • Apr 16 Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, English poet and statesman, born in Horton, Northamptonshire, England (d. 1715)
  • May 25 Claude Buffier, French philosopher and historian, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1737)

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Historical Marriages

  • Mar 16 Princess Henrietta of Orange-Nassau (16) weds Philippe of France, Duke of OrlĂ©ans (20)
  • May 25 English King Charles II marries Portuguese princess Catherina of Braganca

Historical Figures Who Died in 1661

  • Jan 1 Pieter Claesz, Dutch still-life painter, dies at ~63
  • Jan 17 Andres Malong, Philippines rebel leader, executed
  • Jan 19 Thomas Venner, Fifth Monarchist (executed) (b. 1799)
  • Feb 2 Lucas Holstenius, German humanist (b. 1596)
  • Feb 5 Shunzhi Emperor of China (1644-1661) Third Qing Emperor, dies of smallpox at 22

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