1656 in History
January 8 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)
January 17 Brandenburg and Sweden sign Treaty of Konigsberg
January 24 1st Jewish doctor in U.S., Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland
February 22 New Amsterdam granted a Jewish burial site
March 13 Jews are denied the right to build a synagogue in New Amsterdam
April 10 Dutch fleet occupiers Colombo Ceylon
June 20 Polish King Jan II Casimir recaptures Warsaw
July 1 1st Quakers (Mary Fisher/Ann Austin) arrives in Boston (arrested)
July 18 Battle at Warsaw: Swedish king Karel X Gustaafbeats Johan II Kasimir and occupies Warsaw
July 26 Rembrandt declares he is insolvent
September 15 England and France sign peace treaty
September 19 Treaty of Labiau: Sweden gives Prussia, Brandenburg
September 22 All female jury hears case of woman who killed her child (acquit her)
October 2 U.S. colony Connecticut passes law against Quakers
October 24 Treaty of Vilnius: Russia and Poland sign anti-Swedish covenant
November 3 Treaty of Vilnius Russia/Poland sign anti-Swedish covenant
December 1 Germany promises Poland aid against Sweden
December 14 Artificial pearls 1st manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales