On This Day

1674 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 9 English reconquer NY from Netherlands
  • Feb 19 Netherlands & England sign Peace of Westminster (NYC becomes English)
  • Apr 22 Netherlands & Munster sign peace treaty
  • May 11 Netherlands & Cologne sign peace treaty
  • May 21 General John Sobieski chosen King of Poland
  • Jul 1 Spain, France & Netherlands form Triple Alliance

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 Court of Holland bans books of Hobbes, Spinoza and Meyer

Philosopher Thomas Hobbes
Philosopher
Thomas Hobbes
  • Aug 11 1st Battle of at Seneffe (Louis II Condé vs Willem III)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 Jean Racine's "Iphigénie" premieres in Versailles

Dramatist and Playwright Jean Racine
Dramatist and Playwright
Jean Racine
  • Sep 20 2nd West Indies Company forms
  • Oct 11 Pierre Corneille's "Surena" premieres in Paris
  • Oct 15 Torsåker witch trials begin, largest witch trials in Sweden, 71 beheaded and burned
  • Oct 16 Emperor Leopold I fires chancellor Fürst Wenzel Lobkowitz
  • Oct 26 Prince Willem III occupies Grave
  • Nov 10 Dutch formally cede New Netherlands (New York) to the English
  • Dec 4 Father Marquette builds first dwelling in what is now Chicago

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 13 Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French tragic poet and playwright (Rhadamiste et Zénobie), born in Dijon, France (d. 1762)
  • Jan 24 Thomas Tanner, English bishop (d. 1735)
  • Mar 30 Jethro Tull, agricultural writer (Basildon), baptised
  • Jun 20 Nicholas Rowe, English poet and playwright (Tamerlane), Poet Laureate (1715-18), born in Little Barford, Bedfordshire (d. 1718)
  • Jun 22 Jean Philippe Eugène de Mérode, Belgian marquis of Westerloo, born in Brussels (d. 1732)
  • Aug 2 Philippe II, Duke of Orléans and Regent of France (1715-23), born in Château de Saint Cloud, France (d. 1723)
  • Aug 9 František Maxmilián Kaňka, Czech architect and builder, born in Prague (d. 1766)
  • Sep 7 Ernest Augustus, Duke of York and Albany, German soldier and served under Emperor Leopold I, born in Osnabrück, Germany (d. 1728)
  • Dec 25 Thomas Halyburton, Scottish theologian (d. 1712)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 10 Jacob de Witt, Dutch mayor (Dordrecht)/MP, dies at 84
  • Feb 22 Jean Chapelain, French writer and poet (La Pucelle), dies at 78
  • Mar 6 Johann Paul Schor, German baroque painter, dies at 58
  • Mar 8 Charles Sorel, sieur de Souvigny, French writer (b. 1597)
  • Apr 18 John Graunt, English statistician & founder of science of demography, dies at 53
  • Jun 4 John Lievens, Dutch painter, etcher and wood carver, dies at 66
  • Jun 11 Susanna van Baerle, Dutch poet/wife of Geeraert Burns, dies at 52
  • Jun 14 Marin le Roy de Gomberville, French writer (b. 1600)
  • Jul 2 Eberhard III, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1614)
  • Aug 12 Philippe de Champaigne, French painter, dies at 72
  • Aug 13 Lars Johnstown [Lasse Lucidor], Swedish poet, dies at 35
  • Sep 12 Nicolaas Tulp, Mayor of Amsterdam (1654-71), dies at 80
  • Sep 27 Robert Arnauld d'andilly, French literary figure, financier and translator, dies at 85
  • Sep 27 Thomas Traherne, English poet and mystic (Roman Forgeries), dies
  • Oct 15 Robert Herrick, English poet ('Gather ye rosebuds while ye may'), dies at 83
  • Oct 22 Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Dutch painter, dies at 53
  • Oct 27 Hallgrímur Pétursson, Icelandic poet (b. 1614)
  • Nov 4 Kano Tanjoe, Japanese painter (palaces, portraits), dies at 72

Person of interestJohn Milton

Nov 8 John Milton, English poet and puritan (Paradise Lost), dies at 65

  • Nov 24 Franciscus van Enden, Flemish jesuit/free thinker, executed at 72
  • Nov 26 Philip Julius van Lichtenbergh, Governor of Suriname, dies at 37
  • Dec 9 Edward Hyde 1st earl of Clarendon, English PM (1660-67), dies at 65
  • Dec 21 Rutger van Haersolte, viceroy of Overijsselse, dies at about 66