Events in History in 1687

Historic Event

Jan 27 Charles Perrault's poem "The Age of Louis the Great" read out at the French Academy, part of the literary quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns

  • Mar 19 Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, is murdered by his own men

Historic Event

Jul 2 King James II disbands English parliament

Historic Publication

Jul 5 Isaac Newton's great work Principia published by Royal Society in England, outlining his laws of motion and universal gravitation

  • Aug 12 Battle of Mohacs: Ottoman invaders of Hungary routed by forces of Holy Roman Emperor under Charles of Lorraine
  • Aug 12 Charles of Lotharingen defeats Turkish leaders


Sep 26 Acropolis in Athens attacked by Venetian army trying to eject Turks, damaging the Parthenon

  • Sep 28 Venetians take Athens from the Turks
  • Oct 11 Hungary accepts Habsburg sovereignty
  • Nov 10 Pope Innocent XI publishes decree Coelestis pastor
  • Dec 31 1st Huguenots depart France to Cape of Good Hope