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

Events in year of 1679

  • 01-24King Charles II disbands English parliament
  • 02-05German Emperor Leopold I signs peace with France
  • 04-03Edmund Halley meets Johannes Hevelius in Danzig
  • 05-27Habeaus Corpus Act (no false arrest & imprisonment) passes in the UK
  • 06-01Battle at Bothwell Bridge on Clyde: Duke of Monmouth beats Scottish
  • 09-18New Hampshire becomes a county Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 10-23Meal Tub Plot against James II of England
  • 11-03Great panic occurs in Europe over close approach of a comet
  • 11-15English house of Commons accept Exclusion Bill
  • 12-27Dutch troops capture Madurees Prince Trunudjojo in Java

People born in year of 1679

  • 01-05Pietro Filippo Scarlotti: Composer
  • 01-19Girolamo Chiti: Composer
  • 01-24Christian von Wolff: German philosopher
  • 01-27Jean-Francois de Troy: French painter
  • 02-14Georg Friedrich Kauffman: Composer
  • 05-12Giovanni Antonio Ricieri: Composer
  • 05-14Peder [Nielsen] Horrebow: Danish astronomer
  • 06-01Johan Runius: Swedish poet (Dudaim)
  • 09-28Mihael Omerza: Composer
  • 10-16Jan Dismas Zelenka: Composer
  • 10-20Samuel von Cocceji: German lawyer
  • 11-10Johann Christian Schieferdecker: Composer
  • 11-11Firmin Abauzit: French huguenot / Scientist
  • 11-14Omobono Stradivari: Italian violin maker / Son of Antonius
  • 12-10Willem Maurits: Dutch Count of Nassau / gov of Zeeuws-Flanders

People died in year of 1679

  • 01-09Werner Fabricius: Composer, dies at 45
  • 02-03Jan Havicksz Steen: Dutch Painter (St Nicolas Feast), dies at 53
  • 02-05Joost van den Vondel: Dutch Poet (Gysbreght van Aemstel), dies at 91
  • 03-27Abraham Mignon: Dutch still life painter, dies at 38
  • 04-17John van Kessel: Flemish painter, dies at 53
  • 04-18Hofmannswaldau: Writer
  • 05-01Esaias Reusner: Composer, dies at 43
  • 06-03Jean-Francius Miller: Painter, buried
  • 06-27Pablo Bruna: Composer, dies at 68
  • 07-08Samuel J Columbus: Swedish Poet (Odae Sveticae)
  • 08-20Jacob Alting: Dutch theologist, dies at 60
  • 09-17Juan Jose of Austrian: Spanish General / gov of the Netherlands, dies at 50
  • 09-20Cornelis Evertsen the Young: Vice-admiral of Zealand, dies at 51
  • 10-24Barent Avercamp: Dutch landscape painter, dies at about 66
  • 11-30Pieter van Schooten: Dutch Mathematician / fort architect, dies at 45
  • 12-17Don Juan: Ruler of Spain
  • 12-20Johan Maurits: Count of Nassau-Siegen, dies at 75
  • 12-26John van de Cappelle: Amsterdam landscape painter, dies at 53