1625 The hackney coach -
Inx1634 the first Passion play is performed at Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps. It was held
in fulfilment of a vow made by the local people the previous year
after their village was spared an epidemic of the plague then raging
throughout Bavaria. Since 1700 this famous event -
1635 The first regular postal service starts between London and Edinburgh.
In 1626 the Jardin des Plantes
is founded in Paris. Created as
a royal garden, it was opened
to the public in 1650.
Inxthe same year the English
mathematician William Oughtred,
And the symbols for “greater
than” and “less than” > < come
into use, an idea put forward by the English scientist Thomas
The first bananas arrive in Britain in 1633 and go on sale. The following year the famous Covent Garden Market is opened in London, for fruit, flowers and vegetables.
ThomasxParr dies in November 1635 at the alleged age of 152 years. The English physician William Harvey carried out an autopsy, but there was no hard evidence to support this claim. However, the story goes that he went to London to see the king and died from partaking of too much royal hospitality!
1638 In England torture is officially abolished by an act of Parliament.
1645 Capuchin monks explore the River Congo.
About this time wallpaper begins to replace tapestry
as a cheaper alternative in the houses of the nobility.