Arrows, let flown each to each
Meet midway and slice
The void in aimless flight
Thus I return to the source.
- Gesshu Soko's death poem
Born in 1696:
Died in 1696:
Events of 1696:
Pierre Bayle has his Dictionnaire historique et critique published
Peter the Great works to build Russia a Navy.
In the Voronezh shipyards, under the alias Peter Mikhailov.
Later in the year, the navy sails down the Don River and captures Azov
from the Ottoman Turks.
Eleven-year-old Johann Sebastian Bach enters the Ordruf Lyceum.
Qing Emperor Kang Xi conquers Mongolia, crushing Dzungar Galdan
Boshogtu at Jao Modo near Ulan Bataar.
King William's War, aka The War of the League of Augsburg continues:
The English Parliament:
suspends the 1679 Habeas Corpus Act, after an attempted assassination of
King William III.
passes the Treason Act, granting those accused of treason (but no-one
else!) the right to defense counsel, and to see a copy of their indictment.
passes a fifth Navigation Act, stating that its North American colonies'
trade must be with British citizens, on British ships, and to British ports.
Customs officials were permitted to break into buildings at any time, ostensibly
to look for smuggled goods.
- "King William's Free School" founded in Annapolis, Maryland, which will evolve into St. John's College.
1695 - 1696 - 1697
How They Were Made - 17th Century