On This Day

1696 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 31 Revolt by undertakers after funeral reforms (Amsterdam)
  • Feb 27 English/Welsh nobles lay down Oath of Association
  • Feb 29 English ex-premier Earl Danby accused of corruption

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Mar 7 English King William III departs Netherlands

King of England William III
King of England
William III
  • May 31 John Salomonsz elected chief of Saint-Eustatius

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Jul 18 Tsar Peter I's fleet occupies Azov at mouth of Don River

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • Jul 28 De Croissy succeeds Le Plectia as French minister of Finance

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Jul 29 King Louis XIV of France and Victor Amadeus II, Duke of Savoy sign Peace of Turin, a turning point in the War of the League of Augsburg

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • Aug 13 State of Drenthe accredits Willem III as mayor
  • Nov 21 J Vanbrughe's "Relapse or Virtue in Danger" premieres in London
  • Dec 7 Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the U.S. is completed to Trumbull.
  • Dec 19 Jean-Francois Regnard's "Le Joueur" premieres in Paris

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 5 Giuseppe Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect & painter, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1757)
  • Mar 5 Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Venetian Rococo painter (Isaac's Sacrifice)
  • Mar 13 Armand de Vignerot du Plessis, French marshal and statesman, 3rd Duke of Richilieu, born in Paris (d. 1788)
  • Jun 11 Francis Edward James Keith, Scottish soldier and Prussian field marshal, born in Inverugie Castle, Scotland (d. 1758)
  • Jun 27 William Pepperrell, British colonial soldier, born in Kittery, Maine (d. 1759)
  • Jul 14 William Oldys, English antiquarian and bibliographer (d. 1761)
  • Aug 2 Mahmud I, Sultan of Ottoman Empire (1730-54) who fought Austria & Russia, born in Edirne Palace, Edirne, Ottoman Empire (d. 1754)
  • Aug 9 Joseph Wenzel I, Prince of Liechtenstein and general, born in Prague (d. 1772)
  • Sep 27 Alfonso Liguori, Italian bishop and theologian, born in Marianella, Campania, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1787)
  • Oct 8 Cornelis Troost, Dutch portrait painter (Unseemly Love), born in Amsterdam (d. 1750)
  • Oct 13 John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey, English statesman and writer (d. 1743)
  • Oct 17 August III, king of Poland/monarch Frederik August II of Saksen
  • Nov 2 Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania's ambassador to the Native Americans, born in Herrenberg, Germany (d. 1760)
  • Dec 22 James Oglethorpe, British soldier, politician, philanthropist, and founder of the colony of Georgia, born in Godalming, Surrey, England (d. 1758)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 11 Charles Albanel, French missionary explorer in Canada (b. 1616)
  • Jan 29 Ivan V, co-tsar of Russia (1682-89), dies at 29
  • Mar 14 Jean Domat, French jurist, dies at 70
  • Mar 18 Robert Charnock, English conspirator
  • Mar 25 Hendrik Casimir II, Dutch Prince of Nassau-Dietz and Stadtholder of Friesland and Groningen (1664-96), dies at 39
  • Apr 17 Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, French writer (b. 1626)
  • Apr 30 Robert Plot, English naturalist, dies at 55
  • May 10 Jean de La Bruyère, French writer (The Characters, or the Manners of the Age, with The Characters of Theophrastus), dies at 50
  • May 24 Albertine Agnes, princess of Orange-Nassau, dies at 62
  • May 30 Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, English politician and First Lord of the British Admiralty, dies at 58
  • Jun 17 John [Jan] III Sobieski, King of Poland (1674-96), Victor at Battle Vienna over Turks (1683) dies at 66
  • Jul 9 Waclaw Potocki, Polish poet (Wojna Chocimska), dies
  • Aug 2 Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, Scottish military commander (b. 1630)
  • Dec 4 Empress Meishō, Japan (b. 1624)