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Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 16th century17th century18th century
Decades: 1650s  1660s  1670s  – 1680s –  1690s  1700s  1710s
Years: 1679 1680 168116821683 1684 1685

Year 1682 was a common year that started on a Thursday when using the Gregorian calendar.


  • March 11 – Chelsea hospital for soldiers is founded in England.
  • April 7 – René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, exploring rivers in America, reaches the mouth of the Mississippi River.
  • April 9 – At the mouth of the Mississippi River, near modern Venice, Louisiana, Robert de La Salle buries an engraved plate and a cross, claiming the territory as "La Louisiane" for France.
  • May 6Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles.
  • May 7 – Official beginning of the reign of Peter the Great.
  • May 11 – Moscow Uprising of 1682: a mob takes over the Kremlin and lynches the leading boyars and military commanders.
  • July 19 – Iyasus succeeds his father Yohannes I as Emperor of Ethiopia.
  • August 12Vesuvius begins a period of volcanic activity lasting for ten days.
  • September – Halley's comet makes an appearance, and is observed by Edmond Halley himself.
  • September 14 – Bishop Gore School in Swansea, Wales is founded.
  • October 27 – The city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is founded by William Penn.
  • October 31 – The city of Bideford, England two men and one woman were some of the last to be executed for witchcraft in England. They were accused of speaking in unknown languages as well as practicing knowledge beyond their natural abilities, and acting in peculiar manners. The woman, Guenevere Damascus, as well as her lover (name unknown) and their spiritual mentor were burned at the stake.