1659 in History
January 14 Battle at Elvas: Portuguese beat Spanish
January 24 Pierre Corneille's "Oedipe," premieres in Paris
February 16 1st known check (400 pounds) (on display at Westminster Abbey)
April 22 Lord protector Cromwell disbands English parliament
May 22 France, England and Netherlands sign "Hedges Concerto" treaty
May 25 Richard Cromwell resigns as English Lord Protector
May 31 Netherlands, England and France sign Treaty of The Hague
July 16 Princess Henriette C of Orange-Nassau weds monarch Johan George II
September 30 Peter Stuyvesant of New Netherlands forbids tennis playing during religious services (1st mention of tennis in U.S.)
September 30 Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked (according to Defoe)
October 12 English Rump-government fires John Lambert and other generals
October 13 General-major John Lambert drives out English Rump-govt
November 7 Peace of Pyreneeen: French king Louis XIV and Spanish king Philip IV
November 25 Michiel de Ruyter conquerors Danish city Nyborg
December 16 General Monck demands free parliamentary election in Scotland
December 26 Long Parliament reforms in Westminster