On This Day

Events in History in 1688

  • Feb 18 Quakers conduct 1st formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pa
  • Apr 18 "Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery": Francis Daniel Pastorius authors 1st formal written protest against African-American slavery in English colonies in Germantown, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 30 Whig Lords questions prince William III of Orange on Protestantism
  • Jul 19 Soldiers killed governor of Aerssen in Paramaribo
  • Sep 6 Austrian armies occupy Belgrade
  • Sep 20 French troops occupies Palts
  • Sep 24 France declares war on Germany
  • Oct 1 Prince Willem III of Orange accepts invitation of take up the British crown
  • Oct 27 King James II dismisses premier Robert Spencer
  • Nov 11 Prince Willem III's invasion fleet sails to England
  • Nov 15 Prince Willem III's army lands at Torbay, England; the 'Glorious Revolution' commences
  • Nov 24 General strategist John Churchill meets William III
  • Nov 26 Duke of Savoye signs on to League of Augsburg

BattleDeclaration of War

Nov 26 French King Louis XIV declares war on Netherlands

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • Nov 26 King James II escapes back to London
  • Dec 4 General John Churchill (later 1st Duke of Marlborough) changes allegiance from James II to William of Orange
  • Dec 9 King James II's wife & son flee England for France
  • Dec 10 King James II flees London
  • Dec 11 King James II captured in Kent.
  • Dec 15 Lord Delamere sides with King James II [NS 12/25]
  • Dec 19 King James II's wife & son flee to France
  • Dec 20 Prince William of Orange's troops arrive in London
  • Dec 22 Pro-James II, Earl of Danby occupies York
  • Dec 23 King James II, the last Roman Catholic British monarch flees to France from William of Orange
  • Dec 25 British King James II lands in Ambleteuse, France
  • Dec 25 Lord Delamere sides with King James II
  • Dec 31 Pro-James II-earl of Devonshire occupies Nottingham [OS=Dec 21]