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1682 in History

Events in History

  • 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

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May 6 Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • Jun 10 Tornado in Connecticut uproots a 3 ft diameter oak tree

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

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn

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

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley

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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

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • Dec 4 First General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester)

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 13 Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Italian Rococo painter of religious subjects and genre scenes (Fortune Teller), born in Venice (d. 1754)
  • Feb 25 Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist (d. 1771)
  • Mar 7 Johan Willem, Duke of Ripperda, Dutch political adventurer, born in Oldehove, Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1737)
  • Apr 15 John van Huysum, Dutch painter (flowers/fruit)
  • Apr 16 John Hadley, English mathematician and inventor (octant), born in Bloomsbury, London (d. 1744)
  • Apr 22 Willem Ignatius Kerricx, Flemish architect, sculptor and painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1745)
  • May 17 Bartholomew Roberts, Welsh pirate (raided ships off the Americas and West Africa between 1719-1722), born in Puncheston, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 1722)

Person of interestCharles XII

Jun 17 Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718), born in Tre Kronor, Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1718)

King of Sweden Charles XII
King of Sweden
Charles XII
  • Jul 10 Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg, German Lutheran missionary to India, born in Pulsnitz, Saxony (d. 1719)
  • Jul 10 Roger Cotes, English mathematician (Newton–Cotes formulas), born in Burbage, Leicestershire, England (d. 1716)
  • Aug 16 Louis, Duke of Burgundy, heir-apparent to the French throne, born in Palace of Versailles, France (d. 1712)
  • Oct 29 Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French Jesuit prince and historian, born in Saint-Quentin, Picardy, Kingdom of France (d. 1761)

Person of interestCalico Jack

Dec 26 Calico Jack [John Rackham], English pirate captain who operated in the Bahamas and Cuba, born in England (d. 1720)

Pirate Calico Jack
Calico Jack

Deaths in History

  • Jan 13 Simon van Leeuwen, Dutch lawyer/historian, dies at 55
  • Feb 23 Abraham de Wicquefort, Dutch diplomat and historian, dies at 75
  • Mar 14 Jacob I van Ruysdael, physician/landscape painter, dies at about 53
  • Apr 1 Franz Egon of Fürstenberg, Bavarian Catholic archbishop (b. 1625)
  • Apr 3 Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spanish Baroque painter (The Vision of St. Anthony), dies at about 64
  • Apr 14 Avvakum, Russian Orthodox archpriest and writer, dies at 60
  • Apr 27 Theodorus III, Tsar of Russia (1676-82), dies at 21
  • May 7 Tsar Feodor III of Russia (1676-82), dies at 20
  • Jul 12 Jean Picard, French astronomer, dies at 61
  • Sep 8 Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz, Spanish writer, dies at 76
  • Oct 19 Thomas Browne, English philosopher and writer (Garden of Cyrus), dies at 77
  • Nov 23 Claude Lorrain, French painter (b. 1604)
  • Nov 29 Prince Rupert of the Rhine, German soldier, Commander in the English Civil War and first Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company, dies at 62