1653  stamps and letter boxes are first used in Paris.

In 1660 water closets arrive in England from France.


In Japan in 1657 a great fire destroys

the capital of Edo (today's Tokyo).

In 1657 drinking chocolate is

sold in London for the first time.

In 1650 Tea arrives in England and the

first coffee house is opened in Oxford.

In 1652 Christopher Bowman opens the first coffee house in London. Later known as the Paqua Rosée in St. Michael's alley, these houses became important meeting places for the intellectuals of the time.