Events in year of 1656

  • 01-08Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)
  • 01-241st Jewish doctor in US, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland
  • 02-22New Amsterdam granted a Jewish burial site
  • 03-13Jews are denied the right to build a synagogue in New Amsterdam
  • 04-10Dutch fleet occupiers Colombo Ceylon
  • 06-20Polish King Jan II Casimir recaptures Warsaw
  • 07-011st Quakers (Mary Fisher / Ann Austin) arrives in Boston (arrested)
  • 07-26Rembrandt declares he is insolvent
  • 09-15England and France sign peace treaty
  • 09-19Treaty of Labiau: Sweden gives Prussia, Brandenburg
  • 09-22All female jury hears case of woman who killed her child (acquit her)
  • 10-02US colony Connecticut passes law against Quakers
  • 10-24Treaty of Vilnius: Russia and Poland sign anti-Swedish covenant
  • 12-01Germany promises Poland aid against Sweden
  • 12-14Artificial pearls 1st manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales

People born in year of 1656

  • 03-10Adolf H van Rechteren: Dutch diplomat / politician
  • 05-31Marin Marias: Composer
  • 11-03Georg Reuter: Composer
  • 11-04Leonard Sailer: Composer
  • 11-07Walraad the Younger: Earl of Nassau-Ottweiler / gov of Nimegen
  • 11-09Paul Aler: French Jesuit / poet (Gradus ad Parnassum)

People died in year of 1656

  • 02-20James Ussher: Irish bible Scholar / anglican Archbishop, dies at 76
  • 02-27Johan van Heemskerk: Dutch lawyer / writer / interpreter
  • 03-21Armagh James Ussher: Archbishop (said world began 4004 BC), dies at 76
  • 04-27Gerard van Honthorst: Painter, dies at 65
  • 04-27Jan J van Goyen: Dutch landscape painter, dies at 60
  • 06-09Thomas Tomkins: Composer
  • 07-07Michelangelo Rossi: Italian opera composer, buried at about 55
  • 07-08Alexander van der Capellen: Mister of Aartsbergen, dies at about 64
  • 10-02Stephan Otto: Composer, dies at 53
  • 10-03Myles Standish: Plymouth Colony leader
  • 10-08Johan Georg I: Ruler of Saxon (1611-56, Peace of Prague), dies at 71

Events in year of 1657

  • 02-04Oliver Cromwell grants residency to Luis Caravajal
  • 03-23France and England form alliance against Spain; England gets Dunkirk
  • 03-31English Humble Petition offers Lord Protector Cromwell the crown
  • 04-03English Lord Protector Cromwell refuses crown
  • 04-20Battle in Santa Cruz Bay, Tenerife: English fleet under Robert Blake sinks Spanish silver fleet
  • 06-011st Quakers arrives in New Amsterdam (NY)
  • 07-13Oliver Cromwell constrains English army leader John Lambert
  • 09-19Brandenburg and Poland sign Treaty of Wehlau
  • 10-01Treaty of Raalte: Willem II no longer Viceroy of Overijssel
  • 10-03French troops occupy Mardyke
  • 11-06Brandenburg and Poland sign unity of Bromberg

People born in year of 1657

  • 01-17Pieter van Bloemen [Standaart]: Flemish painter, baptized
  • 01-18Hendrik Casimir II: Dutch Field Marshal (Nassau)
  • 02-11Bernard Fontenelle: France -- Scientist / writer (Plurality of Worlds)
  • 03-18Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni: Italian composer
  • 05-05Jacques Danican Philidor: Composer
  • 06-03Manuel de Egues: Composer
  • 06-14Cornelis Cruys [Niels Olsen Creutz]: Norwegian / Dutch Admiral
  • 07-11Frederik I: King of Prussia (1701-13)
  • 07-25Philipp Heinrich Erlebach: Composer
  • 08-10Cornelis Chastelein: Dutch colonial director
  • 09-27Sophia: Regent of Russia (1682-89)
  • 11-11Guido Starhemberg: Austria -- Earl / Field Marshal (Turkish Wars)
  • 12-15Michel-Richard Delalande: Composer

People died in year of 1657

  • 02-10Sebastian Stosskopf: Elzabethian painter, dies at 59
  • 03-26Jacob van Eyck: Dutch blind flautist / carillonneur, dies at 69
  • 04-02Ferdinand III: King of Hungarian / Bohemia / German Emperor, dies at 48
  • 05-09William Bradford: Governor (Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts)
  • 06-26Tobias Michael: Composer, dies at 65
  • 08-07Robert Blake: English Admiral (Dover, Dungeness), dies at about 57
  • 09-28Emilia Secunda Antwerpiana: Daugher of Willem of Orange, dies at 75