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Millennium: 2nd millennium
1655 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1655
Ab urbe condita2408
Armenian calendar1104
Assyrian calendar6405
Balinese saka calendar1576–1577
Bengali calendar1062
Berber calendar2605
English Regnal yearCha. 2 – 7 Cha. 2
Buddhist calendar2199
Burmese calendar1017
Byzantine calendar7163–7164
Chinese calendar甲午(Wood Horse)
4351 or 4291
    — to —
乙未年 (Wood Goat)
4352 or 4292
Coptic calendar1371–1372
Discordian calendar2821
Ethiopian calendar1647–1648
Hebrew calendar5415–5416
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1711–1712
 - Shaka Samvat1576–1577
 - Kali Yuga4755–4756
Holocene calendar11655
Igbo calendar655–656
Iranian calendar1033–1034
Islamic calendar1065–1066
Japanese calendarJōō 4 / Meireki 1
Javanese calendar1577–1578
Julian calendarGregorian minus 10 days
Korean calendar3988
Minguo calendar257 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar187
Thai solar calendar2197–2198
Tibetan calendar阳木马年
(male Wood-Horse)
1781 or 1400 or 628
    — to —
(female Wood-Goat)
1782 or 1401 or 629
July 20: The Amsterdam Town Hall is inaugurated.

1655 (MDCLV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar, the 1655th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 655th year of the 2nd millennium, the 55th year of the 17th century, and the 6th year of the 1650s decade. As of the start of 1655, the Gregorian calendar was 10 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923.


March 25: Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is discovered.



Date unknown

  • Stephan Farffler, a 22-year-old paraplegic watchmaker, built the world's first self-propelling chair on a three-wheel chassis using a system of cranks and cogwheels.[2][3] However, the device had an appearance of a hand bike more than a wheelchair since the design included hand cranks mounted at the front wheel.[4]
  • The Bibliotheca Thysiana is erected, the only surviving 17th century example in the Netherlands, of a building designed as a library.




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  2. Bellis, Mary. "History of the Wheelchair". thoughtco.com. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  3. Koerth-Baker, Maggie. "Who Invented the Wheelchair?". mentalfloss.com. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  4. "History of Wheelchairs". wheelchair-information.com. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  5. Diagne, Léon Sobel, « Le problème de la philosophie africaine » (2004), p. 10 (archived by French Wikipedia) [1]
  6. Kocc Barma Fall disait… [in] Au Senegal (26 Sep 2013) [2]