1678 in History
January 2 Staatsoper Hamburg opens with Theiles "Adam und Eva"
February 18 John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" is published
February 27 Earl of Shaftesbury freed out of London Tower
April 25 French troops conquer Ypres
May 3 French conquering fleet at Curaeao, 1200 die
May 11 French Admiral Jean d'Estrees' fleet runs aground on Aves-islands, Curaeao
May 17 King Charles II and Louis XIV sign secret treaty
May 31 Lady Godiva rode naked through Coventry in a protest of taxes
July 26 England and Netherlands signs treaty: sending ultimatum to France
July 30 English troops lands in Flanders
August 3 Robert LaSalle builds 1st ship in America, Griffon
August 10 Netherlands and France signs peace treaty in Nijmegen
August 14 Battle of Mons-French repulse William of Orange
September 17 France and Spain signs peace treaty
September 28 "Pilgrim's Progress" published
September 29 France and Brandenburg signs peace treaty
November 5 Brandenburgse troops occupy Greifswald in Sweden
November 30 Roman Catholics banned from English parliament
December 3 Edmund Halley receives MA from Queen's College, Oxford