Category Archives: 17th Century

Historical Facts from 1601 to 1700 CE

November 4, 1646

On November 4, 1646, the Massachusetts Bay Colony (which was to later become the state of Massachusetts) passed a law that made it illegal to deny that the Christian Bible was the word of God. The penalty was death. There … Continue reading

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October 28, 1612

On October 28, 1612, King James I of England appointed Robert Dowland as Court Luitist. It was said that his rendition of Greensleeves was a real shift raiser. James’s wife, Anne of Denmark was none too pleased.

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October 23, 1690

On October 23, 1690, the citizen of Haarlem, Netherlands revolted against the government for one day. The city had enacted a public ban against smoking. The citizens rose up, for a little bit, and hacked and coughed their way to … Continue reading

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September 6, 1620

On September 6, 1620, the Pilgrims left on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England to set up their own little religious colony in the New World. Contrary to popular American belief, the Pilgrims did not leave England because they weren’t allowed … Continue reading

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September 3, 1658

On September 3, 1658, after the death of Oliver Cromwell, Richard Cromwell succeeded his father as Lord Protector of England. Richard was not prepared to rule England as the Lord Protector and he knew it, especially since the Army had … Continue reading

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May 7, 1697

On May 7, 1697, the royal castle in Stockholm, Sweden was destroyed by fire. Inside that castle’s large library resided the Codex Gigas, which was at that time and still is the world’s largest medieval illuminated manuscript. The Codex Gigas … Continue reading

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March 24, 1629

On March 24, 1629, Virginia passed the first game laws in the American colonies. It was determined that landing on “Free Parking” and collecting $200 quid plus all fines collected was a ‘house rule’ and should be stated before play … Continue reading

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March 22, 1621

On March 22, 1621, Hugo Grotius (Also known as Hugo de Groot) was being held in prison in the Lowevenstein castle in the Netherlands. In 1618, he had been sentenced to life imprisonment for his heretical religious beliefs. On March … Continue reading

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March 6, 1665

On March 6, 1665, Henry Oldenburg, the first Secretary of the Royal Society, published the first issue of ‘Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society’, the world’s longest-running scientific journal. Young Mary Billington was the first centerfold and her turn-offs consisted … Continue reading

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March 5, 1616

On March 5, 1616, the Catholic Church added another book of science to the Index of Forbidden Books. Nicolaus Copernicus’s book, ‘On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres’ was added 73 years after it was first published. The Index of … Continue reading

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