On This Day

1684 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 5 Emperor Leopold I, Poland & Venice sign Heilig Covenant of Linz
  • Apr 25 Patent granted for thimble

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 21 King Charles II revokes Massachusetts Bay Colony charter

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • Aug 15 Spain & Germany sign cease fire with France
  • Oct 23 Colony Massachusetts under authority of English crown mounted

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 Isaac Newton's derivation of Kepler's laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, is read to the Royal Society by Edmond Halley

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Arnold Drakenborch, Dutch classical scholar (d. 1748)
  • Jan 14 Jean-Baptiste Vanloo, French painter, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1745)
  • Jan 14 Johann Matthias Hase, German mathematician & astronomer, born in Augsburg, Germany (d. 1742)
  • Feb 21 Justus van Effen, writer/founder (Holland Spectator)
  • Feb 22 William Pulteney, statesman (Earl of Bath), born in London, England
  • Feb 24 Matthias Braun, Czech sculptor (d. 1738)
  • Mar 19 Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (d. 1766)
  • Apr 15 Catherine I, Empress of Russia (1725-27), born in Višķi, Daugavpils Municipality (d. 1727)
  • Oct 10 Jean-Antoine Watteau, French Rococo painter (fêtes galantes), born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1721)
  • Oct 26 Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal, born in Löwitz, Pomerania (d. 1757)
  • Dec 3 Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg, founder of modern Danish and Norwegian literature, born in Bergen, Denmark-Norway (d. 1754)
  • Dec 22 Johann J Dillenius [Dillen], German botanist (Historia Muscorum), born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1747)

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 12 French King Louis XIV marries Madame Maintenon

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV

Deaths in History

  • Jan 5 Claude Audran II, French painter/engraver, dies at 44
  • Jan 15 Caspar Netscher, Dutch portrait painter, dies at about 48
  • Feb 21 Pieter van den Abeelen, Dutch medallist/jeweller, dies at about 75
  • Apr 5 William Brouncker, English mathematician (Brouncker's formula) and the 1st President of the Royal Society, dies at around 64
  • Apr 18 Gonzales Coques, Flemish painter, dies at 69

Person of interestRoger Williams

Apr 19 Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist, dies at 80

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • May 4 John Nevison, English highwayman (b. 1639)
  • May 12 Edme Mariotte, French physicist and priest (invented Newtons cradle and discovered the eye's blind spot), dies (b. c. 1620)
  • May 23 Adriaen Backer, Amsterdams painter buried at about 48
  • Jul 2 John Rogers, president of Harvard University (b. 1630)
  • Jul 6 Peter Gunning, English royalist churchman (b. 1614)

Person of interestElena Cornaro Piscopia

Jul 26 Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Italian mathematician and the 1st woman to receive an academic degree from a university, dies of tuberculosis at 38

Philosopher and Mathematician Elena Cornaro Piscopia
Philosopher and Mathematician
Elena Cornaro Piscopia
  • Aug 8 George Booth, 1st Baron Delamer (b. 1622)
  • Sep 5 John Uytenhage van Lacks, lawyer/author, drowned at 48
  • Sep 18 Joannes Antonides van der Goes, Dutch poet (Ystroom), dies at 37
  • Oct 1 Pierre Corneille, French poet and dramatist (El Cid, Polyeucte), dies at 42