Events in year of 1677

  • 01-211st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), Boston
  • 02-15King Charles II reports anti-French covenant with Netherlands
  • 02-16Earl of Shaftesbury arrested / confined in London Tower
  • 03-13Massachusetts gains title to Maine for $6,000
  • 04-11Battle at Montcassel, French troops beat Prince William III
  • 04-22Battle at Catania: between French and Dutch fleet
  • 04-26Emperor Leopold I forms University of Innsbruck
  • 09-21John and Nicolaas van der Heyden patents fire extinguisher
  • 11-14Prince Willem III Henry marries English Princess Mary Stuart
  • 11-16French troops occupy Freiburg
  • 12-12Brandenburgs army occupies Stettin

People born in year of 1677

  • 02-18Jacques Cassini: French astronomer (rings of Saturn)
  • 02-26Nicola Fago: Composer
  • 04-25Guillaume Coustou, Sr.: French sculptor (Chevaux the Marly)
  • 05-24Alexandre de Villenueve: Composer
  • 08-09Jacob Campo Weyerman: Netherlands -- Adventurer / painter / writer
  • 09-27Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari: Composer

People died in year of 1677

  • 01-09Aernout "Aert" van der Neer: Cartoonist / landscape painter, dies at 73
  • 01-18John A van Riebeeck: Dutch founder Cape Colony, dies at 57
  • 02-21[Benedictus] Baruch Spinoza: Philosopher, dies at 44
  • 03-28Wenzel Hollar: Bohemia cartoonist / etcher, dies at about 69
  • 06-15Giovanni Battista Chinelli: Composer, dies at 67
  • 07-09Angelus Silesius [Johann Scheffer]: German medical / mystic poet
  • 07-26Michael Franck: Composer, dies at 68
  • 08-28Wallerand Vaillant: Painter / engraver / etcher / cartoonist, dies at 54
  • 11-09Aert van der Neer: Dutch landscape painter, dies at about 73
  • 12-12Jacob Binckes / Benckes: Dutch Admiral (Chatham), dies in battle

Events in year of 1678

  • 01-02Staatsoper Hamburg opens with Theiles "Adam und Eva"
  • 02-13Tycho Brahe 1st sketches "Tychonic system" of solar system
  • 02-27Earl of Shaftesbury freed out of London Tower
  • 04-25French troops conquer Ypres
  • 05-03French conquering fleet at Curacao, 1200 die
  • 05-17King Charles II and Louis XIV sign secret treaty
  • 05-31Lady Godiva rode naked through Coventry in a protest of taxes
  • 07-26England and Netherlands signs treaty: sending ultimatum to France
  • 07-30English troops lands in Flanders
  • 08-03Robert LaSalle builds 1st ship in America, Griffon
  • 08-10Netherlands and France signs peace treaty in Nijmegen
  • 08-14Battle of Mons-French repulse William of Orange
  • 09-17France and Spain signs peace treaty
  • 09-29France and Brandenburg signs peace treaty
  • 11-05Brandenburgse troops occupy Greifswald in Sweden
  • 11-30Roman Catholics banned from English parliament

People born in year of 1678

  • 03-04Antonio Vivaldi: Venice, Italy -- Baroque violin virtuoso / composer (4 Seasons)
  • 03-15Dominique Marie Valet: French RC / old-catholic Bishop
  • 07-06Nicola Francesco Haym: Composer
  • 07-26Joseph I Habsburg: German King / Roman Catholic Emperor (1705-11)
  • 10-10John Campbell: 2nd Duke of Argyll / Field Marshal (Union of 1707)
  • 12-02Nicolaas S Cruquius: Dutch hydraulic engineer (drained Haarlemmermeer)
  • 12-29Gotthard Wagner: Composer
  • 12-30William Croft: Composer

People died in year of 1678

  • 01-04Johan Maetsuyker: Dutch Governor-General of Ceylon (1653-78), dies at 71
  • 01-07Johannes Flittner: Composer, dies at 59
  • 01-24Joan Maetsuyker: Governor-General of the Netherlands East-Indies, dies at 72
  • 05-05Anna M van Schurman: Dutch Poet / spoke 10 languages, dies at about 70
  • 05-06Joseph de La Barre: Composer, dies at 44
  • 06-02Pieter the Great: Regent / diplomat, dies at 63
  • 06-17Giacomo Torelli: Composer, dies at 69
  • 08-16Andrew Marvell: English Poet (Definition of Love), ODs at 57
  • 10-02Wu San-kuei: General, invited Manchus to China, dies trying to expel them
  • 10-18Cornelis Galle II: Flemish engraver / illustrator, dies at 63
  • 10-18Jacob Jordaens: Flemish barok painter, dies at 85
  • 10-26John Jenkins: Composer
  • 11-07Erasmus Quellinus II [Quellien]: Flemish Painter / etcher, dies at 70
  • 11-18Giovanni Maria Bononcini: Composer, dies at 36
  • 11-20Charles Dujardin: Painter / etcher (Learned Dog), dies at about 56
  • 11-30Andries de Graeff: Mayor of Amsterdam (1657..71), dies at 67