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1673 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Regular mail delivery begins between NY & Boston

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Jan 13 Jean Racine's "Mithridate" premieres in Paris

Dramatist and Playwright Jean Racine
Dramatist and Playwright
Jean Racine
  • Jan 22 Postal service between New York & Boston inaugurated
  • Feb 20 1st recorded wine auction held in London
  • Feb 21 Michiel A de Ruyter appointed lt-admiral-general of Dutch fleet
  • Mar 18 Lord Berkley sells his half of New Jersey to the Quakers

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Mar 29 English King Charles II accepts Test Act: Roman Catholics excluded from public functions

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • May 17 Louis Jolliet & Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi
  • Jun 6 France and Brandenburg sign peace treaty
  • Jun 12 Charles II's brother duke James of York resigns as Lord High Admiral
  • Jun 14 Battle at Schooneveld: Michiel de Ruyter beats French/English fleet

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Jun 16 Peace of Vossem: French King Louis XIV and Frederik Willem of Brandenburg

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • Jul 6 French troops conquer Maastricht as part of the Franco-Dutch War
  • Jul 11 Netherlands & Denmark sign defense treaty

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Jul 24 Edmund Halley enters The Queen's College, Oxford, as an undergraduate

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
  • Aug 8 Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demands surrender of NYC
  • Aug 9 Dutch under Admiral Cornelis Evertsen de Jonge recapture NY from English; regained by English in 1674
  • Aug 21 Sea battle at Kijkduin: De Ruyter defeats English & French fleet
  • Aug 30 Leopold I, Spain, Netherlands & Lutherans form anti-French covenant
  • Sep 12 Prince Willem III occupies Naarden
  • Nov 9 English King Charles II dismisses Earl of Shaftesbury
  • Nov 11 Second Battle of Khotyn in the Ukraine, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth forces under the command of Jan Sobieski. defeat the Ottoman army. In this battle, rockets of Kazimierz Siemienowicz were successfully used.
  • Nov 12 Dutch troops under Willem III occupy Bonn
  • Nov 13 Prince Willem III/Raimundo earl Montecuccoli conquer Bonn

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 31 Louis de Montfort, French catholic priest and saint (d. 1716)
  • Apr 21 Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Holy Roman Empire Empress, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1742)
  • May 29 Cornelis van Bijnkershoek, Dutch jurist who helped develop international law along positivist lines, born in Middelburg, Netherlands (d. 1743)
  • Aug 8 John Ker, Scottish spy (d. 1726)
  • Aug 11 Richard Mead, physician, born in London, England
  • Oct 26 Dimitrie Cantemir, Romanian historian and Monarch of Moldova (1710-11), born in Silişteni, Moldavia (d. 1723)
  • Dec 30 Ahmed III, 23rd Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1703-30), born in Dobrich, Ottoman Empire (d. 1736)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 17 Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin], French playwright (The Misanthrope), dies of pulmonary tuberculosis at 51
  • Mar 20 Augustyn Kordecki, Polish prior, dies at 69
  • Mar 28 Adam Pijnacker, Dutch landscape painter and etcher, buried at 51
  • Apr 5 Francois Caron, admiral/governor (Formosa), drowns at about 72
  • May 7 Johannes Teellinck, Dutch vicar, dies at about 58
  • May 13 Jacob Aertsz Colom, Dutch publisher (Consolation of the Sea), dies at 73

Person of interestJeanne Mance

Jun 18 Jeanne Mance, French Canadian settler and founder of the first hospital in North America (Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal), dies at 66

Nurse and Settler of New France Jeanne Mance
Nurse and Settler of New France
Jeanne Mance
  • Jun 24 John of Paffenrode, ruler of Ghussigny/poet, dies in battle
  • Jun 25 Charles de Batz-Castelmore, Comte d'Artagnan, Captain of the Musketeers under Louis XIV of France (b. 1611)
  • Aug 17 Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist, dies of possible suicide at 32
  • Aug 21 Isaac Sweers, Dutch fleet admiral/Civil rights activist, dies at 51
  • Aug 21 John de Love I, vice-admiral, dies in sea battle at about 54
  • Oct 13 Kristoffer Gabel, Danish statesman (b. 1617)
  • Oct 17 Thomas Clifford, English statesman (1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh), dies at 43
  • Nov 10 Michał Wiśniowiecki, King of Poland (1669-73), dies at 33
  • Nov 14 Michael Wisniowieki, King of Poland, dies
  • Nov 27 Anthonie Palamedes [Palamedesz], Dutch painter, dies at about 72
  • Dec 15 Margaret Cavendish, English poet, playwright and philosopher (early science fiction work The Blazing World), dies at about 50
  • Dec 28 Joan Blaeu, Dutch cartographer/publisher (Atlas Major), dies at 77
  • Dec 31 Oliver St John, English statesman and judge