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1662 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 27 1st American lime kiln begins operation in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Feb 1 Dutch garrison on Formosa surrenders to Chinese pirates

The First People To Hop On A BusThe First People To Hop On A Bus

Mar 18 First public bus service begins, promoted by Blaise Pascal, operates in Paris as the "Carosses a Cinq Sous" until 1675

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The thinker: Blaise Pascal becomes lost in thought
The thinker: Blaise Pascal becomes lost in thought
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  • Apr 23 Connecticut chartered as an English colony
  • Apr 27 Netherlands & France sign military covenant
  • May 3 Royal charter granted to Connecticut
  • May 19 Uniformity Act of England goes into effect
  • Jun 24 Dutch invasion of Macau repulsed (Macau Day)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 15 King Charles II charters Royal Society in London

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • Aug 24 Act of Uniformity requires English to accept Book of Common Prayer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 12 John Flamsteed sees partial solar eclipse, stirs his interest in astronomy

1st Astronomer Royal John Flamsteed
1st Astronomer Royal
John Flamsteed
  • Sep 14 Netherlands & England sign peace treaty
  • Oct 17 Charles II of Great Britain sells Dunkirk to France for 2.5 million livres (320,000 English pounds)

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 27 Richard Bentley, English classical scholar (Dissertation on the Epistles of Phalaris), started the 1st written examinations in the West, born in Oulton, England (d. 1742)
  • Apr 26 Marie Louise D'Orleans, Queen consort of Spain as the first wife of King Charles II of Spain, born in Palais-Royal, Paris, Kingdom of France (d. 1689)
  • Apr 30 Mary II, Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland (1689-94), born in St James's Palace, London (d. 1694)
  • May 3 Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect, born in Herford, Germany (d. 1736)
  • May 12 Jan F van Bloom [Orizonte], Flemish painter, baptized
  • May 18 George Smalridge, English bishop of Bristol (d. 1719)
  • Jul 11 Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria and governor of the Spanish Netherlands (1691-1714), born in Munich (d. 1726)
  • Aug 5 James Anderson, Scottish historian, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1728)
  • Aug 13 Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, English politician, born in Wiltshire, England (d. 1748)
  • Aug 25 John Leverett the Younger, American President of Harvard (d. 1724)
  • Oct 18 Matthew Henry, English non-conformist minister (d. 1714)
  • Dec 13 Francesco Bianchini, Italian philosopher and scientist, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1729)
  • Dec 18 James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry, Scottish politician (d. 1711)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 24 English Poet and author of "Paradise Lost" John Milton marries 3rd wife Elizabeth Mynshull, 31 years his junior.


Deaths in History

  • Jan 10 Prince Honoré II of Monaco (b. 1597)
  • Feb 13 Elisabeth Stuart, Electress of the Palatinate, "The Winter Queen" of Bohemia and daughter of James VI and I of England and Scotland, dies at 65
  • Mar 30 François le Métel de Boisrobert, French poet (b. 1592)
  • Apr 4 Leonhart Kern, German sculptor, dies at about 73
  • Apr 14 William Fiennes, 1st Viscount Saye and Sele, English statesman, dies at 79
  • Apr 20 Gerard Terborch, the elder, Dutch painter, dies
  • Apr 22 John Tradescant, English botanist & gardener, dies at 53
  • May 23 John Gauden, English bishop and writer (b. 1605)
  • Jun 14 Henry Vane the Younger, English politician and Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1613)
  • Jun 30 Johannes C Verspronck, portrait painter, buried at about 64

Person of interestBlaise Pascal

Aug 19 Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist and Christian philosopher (Pascal's Law, Pascal's Wager), dies of a stomach tumor at 39

Mathematician, Physicist and Philosopher Blaise Pascal
Mathematician, Physicist and Philosopher
Blaise Pascal
  • Sep 3 William Lenthall, English politician (b. 1591)
  • Sep 22 John Biddle, English theologian (b. 1615)
  • Nov 20 Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands (b. 1614)
  • Dec 30 Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Austria and Regent of the Tyrol, dies at 34