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1690 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 6 Joseph I, later Holy Roman Emperor and son of Emperor Leopold I, becomes King of the Romans
  • Jan 22 Iroquois tribes renew allegiance to British against French
  • Feb 8 French and Native American troops set Schenectady settlement New York on fire
  • Feb 8 Lord Halifax resigns as Lord Privy Seal

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Mar 16 French King Louis XIV sends troops to Ireland

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • May 11 English troops of W Phips conquer Port Royal, Nova Scotia
  • May 20 England passes Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II
  • Jun 8 Siddi general Yadi Sakat, razes the Mazagon Fort in Mumbai

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Jun 11 English king William III departs to Ireland

King of England William III
King of England
William III
  • Jun 24 King William III's army lands at Carrickfergus Ireland [OS=June 14]
  • Jun 30 Battle of Beachy Head: French under Tourville beat Dutch/English fleet
  • Jul 1 Army of Protestant King William III defeats deposed Roman Catholic King James II in Battle of Boyne in Ireland
  • Jul 10 Battle of Beachy Head - French fleet defeat Anglo-Dutch fleet under Cornelis Evertsen
  • Jul 11 Battle of Drogheda Boyne (William III beats deposed James II)
  • Jul 12 Battle of Boyne: in Ireland, Protestant King William III defeats English Catholic King James II
  • Aug 1 Battle at Staffarda: French army beats Victor Amadeus of Savoy
  • Aug 24 Job Charnock sets up East India Company HQ camp by Kalikata village (modern Calcutta)
  • Sep 6 King Wiliam III escapes back to England
  • Sep 25 Publick Occurrences, first newspaper in the American colonies (Boston), publishes first & last edition
  • Oct 7 English attack Quebec under Louis de Buade
  • Oct 8 Siege of Belgrade, Ottoman troops capture Belgrade
  • Oct 23 Revolt in Haarlem after public ban on smoking
  • Dec 10 Massachusetts Bay becomes first American colonial government to issue paper money

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Dec 23 English astronomer John Flamsteed observes Uranus without realizing it's undiscovered

1st Astronomer Royal John Flamsteed
1st Astronomer Royal
John Flamsteed

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 22 Nicolas Lancret, French painter (d. 1743)
  • Feb 3 Richard Rawlinson, English minister (d. 1755)
  • Feb 28 Aleksei P Romanov, Russian son of Tsar Peter the Great
  • Mar 18 Christian Goldbach, German mathematician (Goldbach position)
  • Apr 22 John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville (C) and English chief minister (1722-42), born in Westminster, Middlesex, England (d. 1763)
  • Sep 12 Peter Dens, Flemish Catholic theologian, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1775)
  • Oct 29 Martin Folkes, English antiquarian and mathematician, born in Westminster, London (d. 1754)
  • Nov 17 Noel-Nicolas Coypel, French painter/cartoonist
  • Nov 23 Ernst J earl van Biron, Russian duke of Koerland/regent of Ivan VI
  • Nov 29 Christian Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, father of Catherine II of Russia (d. 1747)
  • Dec 1 Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, Lord Chancellor of England, born in Dover, Kent (d. 1764)
  • Dec 22 Meidingnu Pamheiba, King of Manipur, born in Manipur (d. 1751)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Hillel ben Naphtali Zevi, Lithuanian rabbi (b. 1615)
  • Feb 7 William Morice, English royalist statesman
  • Feb 22 Charles Le Brun, French classical painter who helped establish the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, dies at 70
  • Mar 18 Charles, duke of Lutherans, dies
  • Apr 18 Charles V, Duke of Lorraine & Austrian field marshal, dies at 47
  • Apr 25 David Teniers the Younger, Flemish painter (Pictorium), dies at 79
  • May 21 John Eliot, English missionary in Massachusetts, dies at 85
  • Jul 10 Jan van Brakel, Dutch vice admiral (Chatham), dies in battle at 48
  • Jul 11 Friedrich H duke van Schomberg, marshal, dies in battle at 75
  • Jul 23 Richard Gibson, English painter of portrait miniatures and a court dwarf, dies at around 75
  • Sep 2 Philipp Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (b. 1615)
  • Oct 3 Robert Barclay, Scottish writer (b. 1648)
  • Oct 16 Margaretha M Alacoque, French mystic/saint, dies at 43
  • Oct 30 Hieronymus van Beverningk, Dutch general, dies at 76
  • Nov 17 Charles de Sainte-Maure, duc de Montausier, French soldier, dies at 80