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1687 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 19 Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, is murdered by his own men
  • Apr 4 King James II orders his declaration of indulgence read in English churches
  • Jul 2 King James II disbands English parliament

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Jul 5 Isaac Newton's great work Principia published by Royal Society in England, outlining his laws of motion and universal gravitation

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • Aug 12 Charles of Lotharingen defeats Turkish leaders
  • Aug 12 Battle of Mohacs: Ottoman invaders of Hungary routed by forces of Holy Roman Emperor under Charles of Lorraine

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Sep 26 Acropolis in Athens attacked by Venetian army trying to eject Turks, damaging the Parthenon
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The Parthenon, former temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece
The Parthenon, former temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece
  • Sep 26 City council of Amsterdam votes to support William of Orange's invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution
  • Sep 28 Venetians take Athens from the Turks
  • Oct 11 Hungary accepts Habsburg sovereignty
  • Nov 10 Pope Innocent XI publishes decree Coelestis pastor
  • Dec 31 1st Huguenots depart France to Cape of Good Hope

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 30 [Johann] Balthasar Neumann, German architect, baptized
  • Mar 7 Jean Lebeuf, French historian, born in Auxerre, France (d. 1760)
  • Mar 16 Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, queen consort in Prussia (d. 1757)
  • Jun 24 Johann Albrecht Bengel, German scholar, born in Winnenden, Württemberg (d. 1757)
  • Jul 3 Arnold Hoogvliet, Dutch poet (Abraham the Patriarch), born in Vlaardingen, Netherlands (d.1763)
  • Aug 14 Johan Willem Friso, Prince of Orange and monarch of Nassau-Dietz, born in Dessau, Anhalt (d. 1711)
  • Sep 17 Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian (specialized in history of Trevi, in Umbria), born in Picicche di Trevi, Italy (d. 1772)
  • Oct 14 Robert Simson, Scottish mathematician (Simson line), born in West Kilbride, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1768)
  • Oct 21 Nicolaus I Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (d. 1759)
  • Nov 7 William Stukeley, English physician and archaeologist (pioneered investigation of Stonehenge and Avebury), born in Holbeach, Lincolnshire (d. 1765)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 28 Johannes Hevelius, astronomer (star cataloger), dies on 76th birthday
  • Feb 16 Charles Cotton, English poet and writer, dies at 56
  • Mar 19 René-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, French explorer (Louisiana), killed by his men at 43
  • Mar 28 Constantijn Huygens, Dutch diplomat and poet, dies at 90
  • Apr 12 Ambrose Dixon, Virginia Colony pioneer
  • Apr 16 George Villiers, 2nd duke of Buckingham, English statesman and poet, dies at 59
  • Jun 12 Jurriaen van Streeck, Dutch still life painter, buried
  • Jul 19 Laura Martinozzi, Duchess of Modena (b. 1637)
  • Sep 1 Henry More, English philosopher (b. 1614)
  • Sep 28 Francis Turretin, Swiss theologian (b. 1623)
  • Oct 13 Geminiano Montanari, Italian astronomer (b. 1633)
  • Oct 21 Edmund Waller, English poet/plotter (Waller's plot), dies
  • Oct 27 Renatus Rapinus [René Rapin], French Jesuit theologian and poet (Hortorum libri IV), dies at 65
  • Nov 14 Eleanor "Nell" Gwyn, English mistress of King Charles II of England, dies from apoplexy at 37
  • Dec 16 William Petty, English political economist and statistician (Treatise of Taxes and Contributions), dies at 64