On This Day

Events in History in 1697

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Jan 26 Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli's 6 month time-limit problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 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"

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Apr 15 Charles XII succeeds Charles XI as King of Sweden

King of Sweden Charles XII
King of Sweden
Charles XII
  • 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

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May 24 English King William III travels through northern Europe

King of England William III
King of England
William III
  • 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
  • Sep 11 Battle of Zenta: forces of Prince Eugen of Savoye defeat the Turks, ending Ottoman control of large parts of Central Europe
  • Sep 20 Peace of Saki (ends 9 years war)
  • Oct 30 Germany signs French/English/Spanish/Dutch/Brandenburgs peace treaty ending Nine Year War
  • Nov 9 Pope Innocent XII founds the city of Cervia.
  • Nov 10 English parliament accept army reduction

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Dec 2 St Paul's Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren is consecrated for use (previous building destroyed in the Great Fire of London)

Architect Christopher Wren
Architect
Christopher Wren