On This Day

Historical Events in 1682

  • Feb 9 Thomas Otway's "Venice Preserved" premieres in London
  • Mar 19 Assembly of the French clergy issues a declaration stating, among other things, that the power of the King is not subject to papal authority
  • Apr 9 Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France
  • May 1 Louis XIV & his court inaugurate Paris Observatory

Historic Event

May 6 Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles

  • Jun 10 Tornado in Connecticut uproots a 3 ft diameter oak tree

Historic Event

Jun 18 English Quaker William Penn founds Philadelphia, in the Pennsylvania Colony

  • Jun 29 Sofia names herself regent of Russia
  • Jul 14 Composer Henry Purcell appointed organist of Chapel Royal, London
  • Aug 24 Duke James of York gives Delaware to William Penn

Historic Event

Aug 26 English astronomer Edmond Halley first observes the comet named after him

  • Aug 30 William Penn leaves England to sail to the New World
  • Sep 14 Bishop Gore School, one of the oldest schools in Wales, founded
  • Oct 19 English Lord Shaftesbury flees to Holland
  • Oct 26 William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York
  • Oct 27 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is founded by Englishman William Penn
  • Oct 29 William Penn lands at what is now Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 12 Swedish king Charles XI establishes absolute monarchy

Historic Event

Dec 2 Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury flees to Amsterdam following the failure of his plots to prevent a Catholic succession should King Charles II die

  • Dec 4 First General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester)