1687 in history

1687 events chronologically

Mar 19 Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, is murdered by his own men
Jul 5 Isaac Newton publishes Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica
Aug 12 Battle of Mohács: Charles of Lorraine defeats the Ottoman Empire
Sep 26 The city council of Amsterdam votes to support William of Orange's invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution
Sep 26 The Parthenon in Athens is partially destroyed by an explosion caused by the bombing from Venetian forces led by Morosini who are besieging the Ottoman Turks stationed in Athens
Dec 31 The first Huguenots set sail from France to the Cape of Good Hope

Top 7 most famous people born in 1687

Jan 27 Balthasar Neumann a German military artillery engineer and architect who developed a refined brand of Baroque architecture, fusing Austrian, Bohemian, Italian, and French elements to design some of the most impressive buildings of the period, including the Würzburg Residence and the Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, called Vierzehnheiligen in German.
Mar 16 Sophia Dorothea of Hanover a Queen consort in Prussia as wife of Frederick William She was the sister of George II of Great Britain and the mother of Frederick II of Prussia.
May 12 Johann Heinrich Schulze a German professor and polymath from Colbitz in the Duchy of Magdeburg.
Oct 21 Nicolaus I Bernoulli a Swiss mathematician and was one of the many prominent mathematicians in the Bernoulli family.
Nov 7 William Stukeley an English antiquarian who pioneered the archaeological investigation of the prehistoric monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury, work for which he has been remembered as "probably... the most important of the early forerunners of the discipline of archaeology". Stukeley was also one of the first biographers of Isaac Newton, of whom he was a friend. He was an Anglican clergyman
Dec 5 Francesco Geminiani an Italian violinist, composer, and music theorist.
Dec 26 Johann Georg Pisendel a German Baroque musician, violinist and composer who, for many years, led the Court Orchestra in Dresden, then the finest instrumental ensemble in Europe.

Top 7 most famous people died in 1687

Jan 28 Johannes Hevelius a councillor and mayor of Danzig , then part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. As an astronomer he gained a reputation as "the founder of lunar topography" and described ten new constellations, seven of which are still recognized by astronomers
Mar 19 René-Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle a French explorer. He explored the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico. La Salle claimed the entire Mississippi River basin for France
Mar 22 Jean-Baptiste Lully an Italian-born French composer, instrumentalist, and dancer who spent most of his life working in the court of Louis XIV of France. He is considered the chief master of the French baroque style. Lully disavowed any Italian influence in French music of the period. He became a French subject in 1661
Sep 1 Henry More an English philosopher of the Cambridge Platonist school.
Oct 21 Edmund Waller an English poet and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1624 and 1679.
Nov 14 Nell Gwyn a long-time mistress of King Charles II of England and Scotland. Called "pretty, witty Nell" by Samuel Pepys, she has been regarded as a living embodiment of the spirit of Restoration England and has come to be considered a folk heroine, with a story echoing the rags-to-royalty tale of Cinderella. She was the most famous Restoration actress and possessed a prodigious comic talent. Gwyn had two sons by King Charles:
Dec 16 William Petty an English economist, scientist and philosopher. He first became prominent serving Oliver Cromwell and Commonwealth in Ireland. He developed efficient methods to survey the land that was to be confiscated and given to Cromwell's soldiers. He also managed to remain prominent under King Charles II and King James II, as did many others who had served Cromwell