On This Day

Events in History in 1666

  • Jan 26 France declares war on England & Munster
  • Feb 16 Netherlands & Brandenburg sign treaty
  • Apr 18 Peace of Kleef: Netherlands & bishop Von Galen of Munster
  • Jun 4 Battle at Dunkirk: English vs Dutch fleet
  • Jun 11 -14] Vierdaagse Sea battle (Ruyter-Monk vs Prince Ruprecht)
  • Aug 4 Hurricane hits Guadeloupe, Martinique and St Christopher; thousands die
  • Aug 4 Sea battle between Netherlands and England
  • Aug 5 English fleet beats Dutch under Michiel de Ruyter
  • Aug 9 Rear Admiral Robert Holmes leads a raid on the Dutch island of Terschelling, destroying 150 merchant ships in the Vlie estuary, and pillaging the town of West-Terschelling, an act later known as "Holmes's Bonfire".

The Great Fire of LondonThe Great Fire of London

Sep 2 Great Fire of London begins at 2am in Pudding Lane, 80% of London is destroyed
Read the Article >>

The Tower of London to the right, London Bridge to the left – how an artist painted the Great Fire
The Tower of London to the right, London Bridge to the left – how an artist painted the Great Fire
  • Sep 5 Great Fire of London ends, leaving 13,200 houses destroyed and 8 dead
  • Sep 6 After St Paul's Cathedral and much of the city had been burned down over four days, the Great Fire of London is finally extinguished.
  • Sep 16 "Messiah" Sjabtai Tswi becomes Islamiet
  • Oct 25 Brandenburg, Brunswick, Denmark and The Netherlands form anti-French Quadruple Alliance

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 14 Samuel Pepys reports on 1st blood transfusion (between dogs)

Diarist Samuel Pepys
Diarist
Samuel Pepys

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Dec 22 The French Academy of Sciences, founded by Louis XIV with Jean-Baptiste Colbert first meets in the Kings Library

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • Dec 30 Abraham Crijnssen departs to Suriname