Year 1679 in History

Events in History

  • May 27 Habeas Corpus Act passes in England, strengthening a person's right to challenge unlawful arrest and imprisonment
  • Jul 12 Britain's King Charles II ratifies Habeas Corpus Act allowing prisoners right to be imprisoned to be examined by a court
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Historical Figures Born in 1679

  • Jan 24 Christian von Wolff, German philosopher
  • Jan 27 Jean-Francois de Troy, French painter
  • Mar 18 Matthew Decker, English merchant and writer (d. 1759)
  • May 14 Peder Horrebow, Danish astronomer who invented the Horrebow-Talcott Method, a method to determine a location's latitude from the stars, born in Løgstør, Jutland, Denmark (d. 1764)
  • Jun 1 Johan Runius, Swedish poet (Dudaim)

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