Born in 1661:
Died in 1661:
Events of 1661:
England issues its very first postage stamps.
Robert Boyle publishes The Skeptical Chymist, containing
an early atomic theory, with the first modern definition of a chemical
element, dismissing the ancient Greek view of the Four Elements.
Louis founds an Academie Royale du Danse.
Isaac Newton enters Trinity College, Cambridge.
French finance minister Nicolas Foucquet's palace Vaux-le-Vicomte
is completed, and he throws an elaborate housewarming party attended by
the King, featuring a new Molière play, Les Fâcheux
(The Nuisances). This party is so extravagant that Mazarin's protege
Jean-Baptiste Colbert convinces Louis that Foucqet's wealth was embezzled
from the royal treasury (an assertion that is probably correct). Louis
has Foucquet arrested, and appoints Colbert Minister of Finance,
ans Francois-Michel Le Tellier Minister of War,
Charles II, having been restored to the thrones of England and Scotland the
the English Parliament passes the Corporation Act, banning Dissenters
from public office.
Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb captures Cooch Bihar in
Bengal and briefly controls Assam.
Edo authorities ban sumo.
Fugitive Ming general Zheng Cheng Gong, aka "Koxinga",
traps the Dutch garrison on Formosa.
- David Jones settles on the banks of the Jones Falls in the wilds of northern Maryland. He is the first settler in what would later become Baltimore.
1660 - 1661 - 1662
How They Were Made - 17th Century