From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
1689 (MDCLXXXIX) was the 689th year of the 2nd millennium, the 89th year of the 17th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1680s decade.
- Two British booksellers were convicted of obscenity for selling the Earl of Rochester's Sodom, or the Quintessence of Debauchery
- January 11 (January 22 O.S.) – Glorious Revolution in England: The Convention Parliament is convened to determine if King James II of England, the last Roman Catholic British monarch, vacated the throne when he fled to France, at the end of 1688. The settlement of this is agreed on 8 February.
- March 2 – Nine Years' War: As French forces leave, they set fire to Heidelberg Castle, and the nearby town of Heidelberg.
Art and culture
- An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689) John Locke
- January 18 – Montesquieu, French writer (d. 1755)
- c. February 23 – Samuel Bellamy, English pirate captain (d. 1717)
- May 26 – Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English writer (d. 1762)
- July 9 – Alexis Piron, French writer (d. 1773)
- August 19 – Samuel Richardson, English writer (d. 1761)
- March 30 – Kazimierz Łyszczyński, Polish philosopher (b. 1634)
- April 16 – Aphra Behn, English author (b. 1640)
- April 19 – Christina, Queen of Sweden (b. 1626)
- August 12 – Pope Innocent XI (b. 1611)
- December 29 – Thomas Sydenham, English physician (b. 1624)