Born in 1654:
Died in 1654:
Events of 1654:
The gardens around the Agra mausoleum that Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan ordered built for his favorite wife
Mumtaz Mahal are completed.
Otto von Guericke builds the first air pump.
Robert Bissaker invents the Slide Rule.
Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac's two plays Le Pédant Joué
and La Mort d'Agrippine appear.
Joost van den Vondel's play Lucifer appears.
Blaise Pascal gives up mathematics after a religious revelation.
Archbishop James Ussher uses the Bible to calculate the date of Earth's
creation at October 23, 4004 BC.
English troops based in Boston capture Port Royal and
the rest of Acadia.
At one point in her life, Swedish Queen Christina wished to marry her
first cousin Charles Gustavus, but it was not permitted.
As a consolation, and over Oxenstierna's objections, she named Charles
her successor. Fast forward to 1654. Catholicism is illegal in Lutheran
Sweden. Swedish Queen Christina Vasa's contacts with Jesuit priests
cause her to lose support, and Christina abdicates in favor of Charles.
By the end of the year, she is living in Brussels and has officially
converted to Catholicism. I can find no actual connection between
Christina's abdication and her former regent's death, but one has to wonder.
Islam Giray III is poisoned by a Ukranian slave woman. The
previous year, he had abandoned an alliance with Russia, switching to Poland.
His former ally, Cossack hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky, allies himself
with Russian Tsar Alexei . Alexei promptly invades Poland's
half of the Ukraine, and Poland's Bloody Deluge begins.
Johan Rising, the governor of New Sweden, attacks and captures the
Dutch Fort Casimir on the Delaware River.
The arsenal of Delft suddenly explodes. Carel Fabritius's neaby
home is destroyed, along with Fabritius and many of his paintings.
1653 - 1654 - 1655
How They Were Made - 17th Century