Born in 1695:
Died in 1695:
Events of 1695:
Both of nine-year-old Johann Sebastian Bach's parents are dead, and he
and a brother go to live with their older brother Johann Christoph Bach,
also an organist, in Ohrdruf.
William Congreve's play Love for Love premeires.
John Locke publishes The Reasonableness of Christianity,
stressing reason over faith, which of course lands him in trouble.
Maryland lays out a new town, Annapolis, and moves
its capital there from St. Mary's City.
King William's War/Nine Years' War/War of the League of Augsburg:
The Duc de Luxembourg's successor, Villeroi, burns down Brussels but
achieves little else.
after a three-day July siege, Anglo-Dutch forces capture Namur in the
Louis XIV sends out feelers for peace negotiations.
Very little else happens in Europe, but fighting continues in North America
and on the high seas.
Russia tries to take Azov from the Ottoman Empire, but fails because
it has no navy. Tsar Peter decides it would be a good
idea to build one.
The English Parliament passes a tax on windows to pay for a new
mint, and a tax on bachelors to encourage young men to marry.
There are extremely few sunspots this year; this "Maunder Minimum" coincides
with extremely cold weather.
The Hall of Supreme Harmony is built inside The Forbidden City
in Beijing for Qing emperor Kang Xi.
A magnitude 7.75 earthquake in China's Shensi Province kills 52,600,
half of them in Linfen.
- the Scottish Parliament charters the Bank of Scotland (William had chartered a Bank of England the year before).
1694 - 1695 - 1696
How They Were Made - 17th Century