On This Day

1664 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 21 Count Miklos of Zrinyi sets out to battle Turkish invasion army

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Mar 6 King Louis XIV & Emperor of Brandenburg signs covenant

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • Mar 12 1st naturalization act in American colonies
  • Mar 12 New Jersey becomes an English colony

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Mar 20 Scientist Robert Hooke is appointed Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London

Scientist Robert Hooke
Robert Hooke

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Mar 24 Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • Apr 6 France & Saxony sign alliance
  • May 7 Louis XIV of France inaugurates The Palace of Versailles.
  • May 14 Turkish Grand Vizier Köprülü Fazıl Ahmed attacks 120,000 Donau soldiers
  • Jun 4 Viceroy Willem Frederik conquers Dijlerschans
  • Jun 24 Colony of New Jersey founded when Duke of York grants Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret ownership of land between the Hudson and Delaware Rivers.
  • Jul 23 4 British ships to drive Dutch out of NY, arrive in Boston
  • Jul 31 Pierre Corneille's "Othon" premieres in Paris
  • Aug 1 Battle at St Gotthard: Earl Raimondo Montecucculi beats Ahmed Kiprulu
  • Aug 10 Austria and the Ottoman Empire sign the Peace of Vásvár
  • Aug 29 Adriaen Pieck and Gerrit de Ferry patent wooden firespout in Amsterdam
  • Sep 8 Dutch surrender colony of New Netherlands (including New York) to 300 English soldiers
  • Sep 20 Maryland passes 1st anti-amalgamation law to stop intermarriage of English women & black men
  • Sep 24 Dutch Fort Orange (New Netherland) in present day Albany NY surrenders to the English
  • Oct 28 The Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot, later to be known as the Royal Marines, is established.
  • Dec 15 English colonize Connecticut

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 Lars Roberg, Swedish physician (d. 1742)
  • Jan 14 Simon van Slingelandt, Dutch grand pensionary (1727-36), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1736)
  • Jan 20 Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian writer and jurist (d. 1718)
  • Jan 24 John Vanbrugh, dramatist/architect (baptized), born in London, England
  • Apr 6 Arvid Horn, Swedish statesman (d. 1742)
  • Apr 30 François Louis, Prince of Conti, French general, born in Hôtel de Conti, Paris (d. 1709)
  • May 30 Giulio Alberoni, Spanish-Italian minister and cardinal, born in Piacenza, duchy of Parma (d. 1752)
  • Jun 5 Mustafa II [Mustafa Oglu Mehmed IV], Ottoman Sultan (1695-1703), born in Edirne, Ottoman Empire (d. 1703)
  • Jul 21 Matthew Prior, English poet and diplomat, born in London (d. 1721)
  • Aug 25 Johan van de Bergh, Leids regent, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1755)
  • Nov 16 Abraham Alewijn, Dutch poet and playwright (Puiterveense Helleveeg), born in Amsterdam (d. 1721)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 18 Moses Amyraut, French theologian (b. 1596)
  • Apr 4 Adam Willaerts, Dutch seascape painter, dies
  • May 21 Elizabeth Poole, English born Puritan American settler, first woman to found a town (Taunton), dies at 65
  • Jul 12 Stefano della Bella, Italian printmaker (b. 1610)
  • Jul 16 Andreas Gryphius, German lyric poet and dramatist, dies at 47
  • Aug 24 Maria Cunitz, Silesian astronomer (Urania propitia), dies at about 54
  • Aug 27 Francisco Zurbarán, Spanish painter, dies at 65
  • Oct 31 Willem Frederik of Nassau-Dietz, viceroy of Friesland, dies at 51