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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1682 AD

February

February 9: Thomas Otway's "Venice Preserved," premieres in London

March

March 19: Nationally Council accept independence of French church

April

April 9: Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France

May

May 1: Louis XIV and his court inaugurates Paris Observatory

June

June 10: Tornado in Connecticut uproots a 3' diameter oak tree
June 18: William Penn founds Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 29: Sofia names herself regent of Russia

July

July 14: Henry Purcell appointed organist of Chapel Royal, London

August

August 24: Duke James of York gives Delaware to William Penn
August 30: William Penn left England to sail to New World

September

September 4: English astronomer Edmund Halley sees his namesake comet

October

October 19: English Lord Shaftesbury flees to Holland
October 26: William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York
October 29: William Penn lands at what is now Chester, Pennsylvania

November

November 12: Swedish king Karel XI establishes absolute monarchy

December

December 2: English earl of Shaftesbury flight to Amsterdam
December 4: 1st General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester)
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