Year 1697 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 26 Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli's 6 month time-limit problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night
  • Feb 4 Three Dutch East India Company ships anchor at Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia
  • Mar 10 Tsar Peter the Great of Russia begins a tour of Western Europe
  • Mar 20 Willem de Vlamingh returns to Batavia after exploring "South Land"
  • Apr 15 Charles XII succeeds Charles XI as King of Sweden
  • May 7 Stockholm's medieval royal castle is destroyed by fire, the Codex Gigas (world's largest extant medieval illuminated manuscript) survives by being thrown out a window
  • May 24 English King William III travels through northern Europe
  • Jun 2 August, Elector of Saxony becomes Catholic
  • Jun 27 Polish parliament selects monarch August of Saxony as king
  • Sep 3 King William's War in America ends with Treaty of Ryswick
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Historical Figures Born in 1697

  • Jan 16 Richard Savage, English poet and playwright (d. 1743) date not proven
  • Feb 24 Bernard S Albinus [Weiss], German surgeon/anatomist
  • Mar 30 John-Baptist Xavery, Flemish sculptor
  • Apr 1 Antoine François Prévost, French author and novelist (d. 1763)
  • Apr 23 George Anson, 1st Baron Anson, British Royal Navy officer, born in Staffordshire, England (d. 1762)

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Historical Figures Who Died in 1697

  • Jan 1 Filippo Baldinucci, Florentine biographer & art historian, dies at 71
  • Jan 26 Georg Mohr, Danish mathematician (b. 1640)
  • Jan 28 John Fenwick, English conspirator
  • Feb 3 Sjoucke Gabbes, Frisian sailor, dies/buried on Dirk-Hartog Island
  • Mar 1 Francesco Redi, Italian physician, dies at 71

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