Events in History in 1663

Royal African Company

Jan 10 King Charles II affirms a new charter for the Royal African Company granting it a monopoly over trade along the west coast of Africa in "redwood, elephants' teeth, negroes, slaves, hides, wax, guinea grains, or other commodities of those countries"

  • Feb 5 Charlevoix Earthquake in Quebec, felt strongly in New England
  • Mar 26 The Quebec Seminary established by François de Montmorency-Laval, First Bishop of New France. North America's first institution of higher learning. [1]
  • Apr 1 Gemert fines unwed motherhood (50 guilder penalty)
  • Apr 6 King Charles II signs Carolina Charter
  • Apr 18 Osman declares war on Austria
  • May 7 Theatre Royal in Drury Lane London opens
  • Jun 8 Battle at Amegical: English & Portuguese fleet beats Spanish
  • Jul 8 King Charles II of England approves the Rhode Island Royal Charter giving royal recognition to the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and freedoms to its colonists, among them Roger Williams

Event of Interest

Jul 11 Oxford mathematician John Wallis gives a lecture on Euclid’s parallel postulate, first Western attempt to derive the parallel postulate as a theorem

  • Jul 26 French troops invade papal territory Comtat Venaissin
  • Jul 27 English Parliament accepts Staple Act
  • Sep 13 1st serious slave conspiracy in colonial America (Virginia)
  • Sep 25 Austrian Fort Neuhausl surrenders to invading Turkish army