On This Day

1672 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Jean Racine's "Bajazet," premieres in Paris

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Feb 8 Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • Feb 23 Joan Blaeus publishers destroyed by fire in Amsterdam

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Mar 15 King Charles II enacts Declaration of Indulgence

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • Apr 6 France declares war on Netherlands

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Apr 29 Franco-Dutch War: Louis XIV of France invades the Netherlands.

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • May 2 John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
  • May 6 Brandenburg monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands
  • May 15 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts
  • May 17 Frontenac becomes Governor of New France (Canada)
  • Jun 7 Battle by Solebay: Dutch admiral M de Ruyter beats French/English fleet
  • Jun 12 French army under Gen Turenne crosses Rhine at Lobith
  • Jun 21 Dutch pension advisor Johan de Witt seriously wounded
  • Jun 21 French troops under King Louis XIV occupy Utrecht
  • Jun 25 1st recorded monthly Quaker meeting in US held, Sandwich, Massachusetts
  • Jul 4 States of Holland declares "Eternal Edict" void
  • Jul 8 William III is appointed stadholder by the States General in the Netherlands
  • Jul 9 William III inaugurated as viceroy of Holland/Zealand
  • Aug 20 Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis are brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.
  • Sep 6 Willem III's troops reconquer Naarden from France
  • Oct 18 Poland & Turkey sign Peace of Buczacz
  • Dec 10 New York Governor Lovelace announces monthly mail service between New York & Boston
  • Dec 23 Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a satellite of Saturn
  • Dec 30 Baron Karl Rabenhaupt occupies Coevorden Neth

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 Hugh Boulter, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (d. 1742)
  • Jan 18 Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French writer (d. 1731)
  • Feb 13 Étienne François Geoffroy, French physician and chemist (1718 affinity table), born in Paris (d. 1731)
  • Feb 26 Antoine Augustine Calmet, French theologian (d. 1757)
  • Mar 12 Richard Steele, Irish writer and politician (d. 1729)
  • May 1 Joseph Addison, English essayist and poet (co-founder of The Spectator), born in Milston, Wiltshire, England (d. 1719)

Person of interestPeter the Great

Jun 9 Peter the Great [Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov], Tsar of Russia (1682-1725), born in Moscow (d. 1725)

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • Aug 2 Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss scholar, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1733)
  • Oct 21 Pylyp Orlyk, Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossack starshina and diplomat, born in Vileyka Raion, Belarus (d. 1742)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 15 John Cosin, English clergyman, dies at 77
  • Jan 28 Pierre Séguier, Chancellor of France, dies at 83
  • Feb 19 Charles Chauncy, American clergyman and President of Harvard College (1654-72), dies at 79
  • Apr 22 Georg Stiernhielm, Swedish scholar & poet often known as "father of Swedish poetry" (Hercules), dies at 73
  • May 5 Samuel Cooper, English painter (b. 1609)
  • May 8 Jean-Armand du Peyrer, Comte de Tréville and French Officer (b. 1598)
  • May 11 Charles Seton, 2nd Earl of Dunfermline, Scottish peer, dies at 57
  • May 28 Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich, English soldier, admiral and patron of Samuel Pepys, killed at the Battle of Solebay at 46
  • May 28 John Trevor, English politician (b. 1626)
  • Jun 7 Willem J van Gendt, admiral/governor of Breda, dies at about 37
  • Jun 27 Roger Twysden, English antiquarian and royalist, dies at 74
  • Jul 3 Francis Willughby, English ornithologist and ichthyologist, dies at 36
  • Jul 4 Govert D Camphuysen, (court)painter, dies at about 48
  • Aug 20 Cornelis de Witt, Dutch, statesman, lynched at 49
  • Aug 20 Johan de Witt, Dutch statesman and advisor of Holland, lynched at 46
  • Sep 12 Tanneguy Lefebvre, French classical scholar (b. 1615)
  • Sep 16 Anne Bradstreet, New England's first published poet, dies (birth date unknown)
  • Oct 12 Frederik of Nassau, count of Buren, slain in battle
  • Oct 24 John Webb, English architect (b. 1611)
  • Nov 19 John Wilkins, English Bishop of Chester (b. 1614)
  • Dec 7 Richard Bellingham, English-born Massachusetts colonial magistrate (b. 1592)
  • Dec 16 John II Casimir Vasa [Jan Kazimierz], King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1648-68), dies at 63