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|Centuries:||16th century – 17th century – 18th century|
|Decades:||1620s 1630s 1640s – 1650s – 1660s 1670s 1680s|
|Years:||1656 1657 1658 – 1659 – 1660 1661 1662|
- February 16 – The first known cheque (400 pounds) is written.
- May 21 – The Kingdom of France, the Commonwealth of England and the Dutch Republic sign the Treaty of The Hague.
- Thomas Hobbes publishes De Homine.
- Drought occurs in India.
- Christiaan Huygens writes Systema Saturnium.
- for more information, see Category:1659 births.
- for more information, see Category:1659 deaths.
- Abel Tasman, Dutch explorer
- On display at Westminster Abbey.