Born in 1678:
Died in 1678:
Events of 1678:
- Coventry begins a yearly re-enactment of Lady Godiva's legendary ride.
- Alexander Exquemelin's history of piracy The Buccaneers of America is published1.
John Bunyan publishes the first part of The Pilgrim's Progress.
Isaac Newton has a severe nervous breakdown.
Christian Huygens writes his Traité de la lumiere
about the wave theory of light, but does not publish it until twelve
Louis XIV grants Rene Robert Cavalier, sieur de la
Salle, permission to explore Western North America. He returns
to New France with Louis Hennepin.
Authorities in Pusan restrict Japanese merchants to a 35-hectare
disctrict of the city, Choryang Wei Kwan.
France signs two treaties in Nijmegen, one
with the Netherlands and the other with Spain. Louis XIV annexes
the County of Burgundy (Franche Comte) and straightens out the border
with the Spanish Netherlands. Before the ink is dry, however, French
troops are occupying Ghent and Ypres.
Titus Oates and Israel Tonge fabricate the Popish Plot, alleging
before Parliament that Jesuits are plotting to assasinate King Charles
II. In the national panic that ensues, over 80 innocent people are
arrested; many are later executed. In addiiton, Parliament passes
the Test Act, baning Catholics from public office.
Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg-Prussia, captures Stettin
from Sweden's king Karl XI.
Martial Law is imposed in Jamaica in an attempt to curtail its
House of Assembly, but this triggers a rebellion.
The armies of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb conquer Marwar.
The tomb Aurangzeb builds for his wife, Bibi-ki-Maqbara, is not
nearly so grand as the Taj Mahal his father built.
A crop circle allegedly appears in Scotland.
1677 - 1678 - 1679
How They Were Made - 17th Century
1Contributions from mauler