HomeSuggested1665 Height of the Great Plague of London as 7,165 people die...

1665 Height of the Great Plague of London as 7,165 people die throughout the previous week

After the black death tragedy of 1348, London never imagined it could experience a worse plague again. On September 26, 1665, the Great Plague of London hit its population hard, causing 68,596 deaths. Some researchers argue that the actual number was over 100,000. Other areas bordering London were also affected.

The peak of the Great Plague

The week of 19-26 September 1665 was the epidemic’s peak, recording up to 7,165 deaths from the Great Plague. Because the poor had no means to flee, they were forced to stay in their houses marked with a cross symbol. The houses were locked for 40 days. No one was allowed to travel by ship. These actions caused London to appear deserted during the day. Dogs, cats and other domesticated animals were killed, and anyone who held on to them was punished accordingly.

How the Great Plague came into London

The Great Plague was believed to be the aftermath of the civil war and religious rifts among Londoners. Some people blamed it on the order of the planets and the appearance of a comet in December 1664. Doctors assessed the mode of transmission and came up with herbal remedies to combat the plague. Londoners skeptical about researchers’ sentiments saw it better to put charms and amulets to keep it at bay.

People affected by the plague exhibited symptoms like fever, painful swellings in the groin, neck and armpits, vomiting, bloody coughs and muscle cramps. These symptoms could worsen, leading to death. However, those who were asymptomatic in the first few days survived.

Robert Blake
Robert has always enjoyed history. As a kid, you could find him playing games like Oregon Trail and Super Amazing Wagon Trail Adventures. In his free time, he enjoys hiking the wilderness and spending time with his family!
RELATED ARTICLES

1982 US President Reagan proclaims a war on drugs

On October 14, 1982, U.S. President Ronald Reagan resolved to put an end to rampant drug abuse. He deemed the use of illicit drugs...

1975 “Saturday Night Live” created by Lorne Michaels premieres on NBC with George Carlin as host

Saturday Night Live is one of those rare shows that have managed to become a fixture of American pop culture. However, everything has to...

2004: Kenyan Wangari Maathai is the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”

Wangari Maathai was born on April 1, 1940 in Nyeri, Kenya. She is renowned for becoming the first female scholar from central and East...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

1982 US President Reagan proclaims a war on drugs

On October 14, 1982, U.S. President Ronald Reagan resolved to put an end to rampant drug abuse. He deemed the use of illicit drugs...

1975 “Saturday Night Live” created by Lorne Michaels premieres on NBC with George Carlin as host

Saturday Night Live is one of those rare shows that have managed to become a fixture of American pop culture. However, everything has to...

2004: Kenyan Wangari Maathai is the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”

Wangari Maathai was born on April 1, 1940 in Nyeri, Kenya. She is renowned for becoming the first female scholar from central and East...

1947 Harry Truman makes the 1st Presidential televised address

The live presidential address was prompted by a report from Truman's Cabinet Committee that warned of an impending famine disaster in Europe. During the...

Recent Comments

Linda Parker-Fedak on 1916 1st “Piggly Wiggly” opens
Susan Rutkowski on 1856 Louis Sullivan Born
Barbara Keene on 1847 Jesse James Born
Rita oates on 1960 Sean Penn, born
par nastasiak on 1620 Mayflower sets sail
Patty Valdez on 1945 V-J Day, end WWII
Dave Johnston on 1945 V-J Day, end WWII
Janice Loraine Tomlin on 1967 “Bonnie and Clyde” released
🙏MOM❤️ FATHERDaDie’ on 1967 “Bonnie and Clyde” released
Rehan Walgama on 1990 Operation Desert Shield
Tom Saldana on Machu Picchu Discovered
John Scott on Machu Picchu Discovered