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Samuel Pepys

Diarist Samuel Pepys

Profession: Diarist

Nationality:
England
English

Why Famous: The creator of one of the most important primary sources of the English Restoration period, Pepys' diary chronicles the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London.

He was also a Member of Parliament and a Navy administrator.

Born: February 23, 1633
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: May 26, 1703 (aged 70)

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Events in the Life of Samuel Pepys

  • 1660-01-01 1st entry in English civil servant Samuel Pepys' diary
  • 1665-06-07 Great Plague of London: Samuel Pepys writes in his diary of houses marked with a red cross in London's Drury Lane, meaning somebody inside is infected with the plague and must be locked in for 40 days or until death
  • 1666-11-14 Samuel Pepys reports on 1st blood transfusion (between dogs)
  • 1669-05-31 Citing poor eyesight, English civil servant Samuel Pepys records the last event in his famous diary

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