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Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 16th century17th century18th century
Decades: 1650s  1660s  1670s  – 1680s –  1690s  1700s  1710s
Years: 1678 1679 168016811682 1683 1684

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Year 1681 was a common year that started on a Wednesday when using the Gregorian calendar.


  • March 14Charles II of England grants a land charter to William Penn for the area that will later become Pennsylvania.
  • October 28 – A London woman is publicly flogged for the crime of "involving herself in politics."
  • August 31 – Titus Oates is told to leave his state apartments in the Whitehall – his fame begins to wane and he is soon arrested and imprisoned for sedition.
  • August 12 – The Ahom King Gadadhar Singha or Gadapani, who took the Tai name Supaatphaa, ascends the throne.
  • December – Wu Shifan, the grandson of the Chinese general Wu Sangui, commits suicide in Yunnan province, ending the eight year conflict of the Revolt of the Three Feudatories against Qing Dynasty authority in China, then led by the Kangxi Emperor.



See also: :Category:1681 births


  • January 28 – Richard Allestree, English royalist churchman (born 1619)
  • March 12 – Frans van Mieris, Sr., Dutch painter (born 1635)
  • May 25 – Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist and poet (born 1600)
  • July 1 – Oliver Plunkett, Irish saint (born 1629)
  • July 25 – Urian Oakes, English-born President of Harvard University (born 1631)
  • August 22 – Philippe Delano, Dutch Plymouth Colony settler (born 1602)
  • December 22 – Richard Alleine, English Puritan clergyman (born 1611)
  • date unknown – Gerard ter Borch, Dutch painter (born 1617)
See also: :Category:1681 deaths