Events in year of 1654

  • 01-07Fire after heavy storm destroys 2 / 3 of De Rijp Neth, 1 dies
  • 01-26Portuguese troops conquer last Dutch base on Recife
  • 04-12England, Ireland and Scotland united
  • 04-15England and Netherlands signs peace treaty
  • 04-21England and Sweden sign trade agreement
  • 04-26Jews are expelled from Brazil
  • 05-03Bridge at Rowley Mass begins charging tolls for animals
  • 05-13Venetian fleet under Admiral Adeler beats Turkish
  • 06-06Queen Christina of Sweden resigns and converts to Catholicism
  • 06-07Louis XIV crowned King of France
  • 07-081st Jewish colonist arrive in US (Jacob Barsimson in Manhattan)
  • 07-20Anglo-Portuguese treaty, Portugal comes under English control
  • 08-05French troops occupy Stenay
  • 08-221st Jewish immigrant to US, Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam
  • 09-16Russian troops occupy Smolensk on Poland
  • 09-25England and Denmark sign trade agreement
  • 10-12Kruittoren van Delft, explodes, 50-100 killed
  • 10-15Prince Willem III appointed Viceroy of Overijssel
  • 11-21Richard Johnson, a free black, granted 550 acres in Virginia

People born in year of 1654

  • 01-20Michiel de Swaen: Netherlands -- Physician / poet
  • 03-11Heinrich Georg Neuss: Composer
  • 05-11Cornelis van Alkemade: Dutch historian
  • 07-05Antonio Maria Pacchioni: Composer
  • 07-25Agostino Steffani: Composer
  • 07-31Jacob Hop: Dutch politician / diplomat
  • 08-10Bernard Nieuwentyt: Dutch Physician / theologist
  • 09-29Vincenz Lubeck: Composer
  • 10-23Johann Bernhard Staudt: Composer
  • 11-05Christian Liebe: Composer
  • 12-27Jean / Jacobus Bernouilli: Switzerland -- Mathematician

People died in year of 1654

  • 01-17Paul Potter: Dutch painter, buried
  • 02-17Michael Lohr: Composer, dies at 62
  • 03-21Johann Neukrantz: Composer, dies at 51
  • 03-24Samuel Scheidt: German Composer (Concertus sacri), dies at 66
  • 05-03Francois van Kinschot: Treasurer-General / chancellor of Brabant, dies at 77
  • 06-07Giambattista Andreini: Italian playwright / actor, dies at 76
  • 06-10Alessandro Algardi: Italian Sculptor / architect, dies at 58
  • 06-27Johann V Andreae: German vicar / writer (Christenburg), dies at 67
  • 08-12Cornelis Haga: Ambassador to Constantinople (1611-39), dies at 76
  • 08-19Yom Tov Lipmann Heller: Rabbi / Author (Tosefot Yom Tov)
  • 08-28Axel Gustafson Oxenstierna: Swedish Earl / chancellor / regent, dies at 71
  • 09-08Peter Claver: Spanish Saint (baptized 300, 000 slaves)
  • 09-15Cornelis Bicker: Merchant / Mayor of Amsterdam, dies at 61
  • 10-12Dirck Graswinckel: Dutch copurt clerk of States-General, dies at 66
  • 10-12Rembrandt Carel Fabritius: Painter, dies in an accident
  • 10-31Francisco Correa de Arauxo: Composer

Events in year of 1655

  • 02-16Dutch Grand Pensionary advisor Johan de Witt marries Wendela Bicker
  • 04-04Battle at Postage Farina, Tunis: English fleet beats Barbarian pirates
  • 04-07Fabio Chigi replaces Pope Innocent X as Alexander VII
  • 04-28English Admiral Blake beats Tunen pirate fleet
  • 05-10Jamaica captured by English
  • 06-13Adriana Nooseman-van de Bergh is 1st actress in Amsterdam theater
  • 07-27Jews of New Amsterdam petition for a Jewish cemetery
  • 07-27Netherlands and Brandenburg sign military treaty
  • 07-29Biggest townhall in the world opens in Amsterdam
  • 07-30Dutch troops occupy Fort Assahudi Seram
  • 08-09Lord Protector Cromwell divides England into 11 districts
  • 08-28New Amsterdam and Peter Stuyvesant bars Jews from military service
  • 09-26Peter Stuyvesant recaptures Dutch Ft Casimir from Swedish in Delaware
  • 10-15Jews of Lublin are massacred
  • 11-03England and France sign miltary and economic treaties
  • 11-24English Lord Protector Cromwell bans Anglicans
  • 12-04Middelburg Neth forbids building of synagogue

People born in year of 1655

  • 01-14Angelo Predieri: Composer
  • 01-22Geleyn Evertsen: Lieutenant Admiral (Zealand)
  • 02-03Francois Fagel: Dutch Field Marshal, baptized
  • 02-07Jean-Francois Regnard: French comedy writer (Slave in Algeria)
  • 04-08Louis Willem I: Margrave (Baden-Baden)
  • 05-04Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori: Italy -- Piano builder
  • 05-13Innocent XIII [Michelangiolo dei Conti]: Italy -- 244th Pope (1721-24)
  • 06-26Jean Deutz: Merchant / Amsterdam regent
  • 08-13Johann Christoph Denner: Inventor (clarinet)
  • 09-12Sebastien de Brossard: Composer
  • 09-19Jan Luyts: Netherlands -- Scholar / physicist / mathematician / astronomer
  • 11-24Charles XI: King of Sweden (1660-97)

People died in year of 1655

  • 01-07Innocentius X [Giambattista Pamfili]: Pope (1644-55), dies at 80
  • 03-29Valerius Andreas: Flemish historian, dies at 66
  • 04-14Johann Erasmus Kindermann: Composer, dies at 39
  • 06-30Jacob Boonen: South Netherlands clergyman / lawyer, dies at 81
  • 07-28Cyrano de Bergerac: French dramatist / Novelist, dies at 36 in Paris, France
  • 07-28Savinien Cyrano seigneur de Bergerac: French author, dies at 36
  • 07-28Suzuki Shosan: Samurai / Monk / propagator of Zen Buddhism, dies at 76
  • 07-30Sigmund Theophil Staden: Composer, dies at 47
  • 08-02Alfonso de la Cueva: Spanish Marquis of Bedmar / diplomat, dies at 83
  • 08-10Louis de Vadder: Flemish painter, dies at 50
  • 09-03Jan W van Brederode: Dutch Governor / field marshal, dies at 56
  • 10-24Pierre Gassendi: French philosopher, dies at 63