1624 – George Fox was born in Fenny Drayton, Leicestershire. Founder of the Society of Friends (Quakers).
1643 – Fox rebelled against the state control of the Church of England and began toured the country giving sermons where he argued that consecrated buildings and ordained ministers were irrelevant to the individual seeking God.
– George Fox was arrested many times for his religious views. On one occasion the judge told Fox "to quake in the presence of the Lord" and afterwards members of his movement became known as Quakers.
1646 – Began his crusade against the religion of mere formality, and calling upon men to trust to the “inner light” alone; his quaint garb won him the title of “the man with the leather breeches,” and his mode of speech with his “thou’s” and “thee’s” subjected him to general ridicule.