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Events in 1656
|8 January:|| ||The oldest existing newspaper, the “Opregte Haarlemsche Courant”, is first published in the Netherlands.|
|11 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 10 days.|
|26 January:|| ||At this Chinese New Year the Ram makes room for the Year of the Monkey.|
|21 March:|| ||James Ussher, Irish archbishop and primate, dies in Reigate, Surrey at age 75, leaving behind a famous world chronology which put the creation at nightfall preceding Sunday, 23 October 4004 BC.|
|2 April:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated on Easter Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox since the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|10 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|27 April:|| ||Jan van Goyen, Dutch painter, dies in The Hague at age 60.|
|21 May:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|13 June:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1066 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|13 July:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|19 September:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|28 September:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|8 November:|| ||Edmond Halley, English astronomer, is born in Shoreditch, London.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
People in 1656
Abel Tasman, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Jacob Cats, Joost van den Vondel, Shah Jahan, Nicolas Poussin, Jacob van Campen, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Diego Velázquez, Oliver Cromwell, Pierre de Fermat, Rembrandt van Rijn, John Wilkins, Charles Le Brun, Jean de La Fontaine, Andrew Marvell, Molière, Blaise Pascal, Giandomenico Cassini, Robert Boyle, Christiaan Huygens, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Baruch Spinoza, John Locke, Robert Hooke, Jan van der Heyden, Louis XIV, Mehmed IV, André Charles Boulle, Isaac Newton, Gottfried Leibniz, Grinling Gibbons and William III celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 1656 was a leap year starting on a Saturday, just like 1564, 1600 and 1628 in the century before it and 1684, 1724 and 1752 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2018 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?1656 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 25 February 2018.