1678 in England

1678 in England

Events from the year 1678 in the Kingdom of England.

Incumbents

*Monarch - Charles II of England

Events

* 31 May - The Godiva Procession, a commemoration held in honour of Lady Godiva's naked ride on horseback through the streets of Coventry in protest against her husband's treatment of the citizens, began.
* 6 September - Titus Oates begins to present allegations of the "Popish Plot", a Catholic conspiracy to assassinate king Charles II.
* 17 October - Magistrate Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey is found murdered in Primrose Hill, London. Titus Oates claims it as a proof of his allegations.

Publications

* 18 February - John Bunyan's "The Pilgrim's Progress".cite book|title=Penguin Pocket On This Day|publisher=Penguin Reference Library|isbn=0-141-02715-0|year=2006]
* John Dryden's play "All for Love".cite book |last=Palmer |first=Alan & Veronica |year=1992 |title= The Chronology of British History|publisher= Century Ltd|location=London|pages= 193-194|isbn= 0-7126-5616-2]

Births

* July - Thomas Hearne, antiquarian (died 1735)
* 16 September - Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, statesman and philosopher (died 1751)
* 8 December - Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, diplomat (died 1757)
* 14 December - Daniel Neal, historian (died 1743)
* 30 December - William Croft, composer (died 1727)

Deaths

* 16 August - Andrew Marvell, writer (born 1621)
* 28 August - John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton, soldier (born 1602)
* 12 October - Edmund Berry Godfrey, magistrate (born 1621)
* 1 November - William Coddington, first Governor of Rhode Island (born 1601)

References

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