1672 in History
January 1 Jean Racine's "Bajazet," premieres in Paris
February 8 Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London
February 23 Joan Blaeus publishers destroyed by fire in Amsterdam
March 15 King Charles II enacts Declaration of Indulgence
March 17 England declares war on Netherlands
April 6 France declares war on Netherlands
May 6 Brandenburgs monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands
May 15 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts
May 17 Frontenac becomes governor of New France (Canada)
June 7 Battle by Solebay: Dutch Admiral M de Ruyter beats French/English fleet
June 12 French army under General Turenne crosses Rhine at Lobith
June 21 Dutch pension advisor Johan de Witt seriously wounded
June 21 French troops under king Louis XIV occupy Utrecht
June 25 1st recorded monthly Quaker meeting in U.S. held, Sandwich, Mass
July 4 States of Holland declares "Eternal Edict" void
July 8 Willem II becomes captain-/admiral-general
July 9 Prince Willem III inaugurated as viceroy of Holland/Zealand
September 6 Willem III's troops reconquer Naarden on France
October 18 Poland and Turkey sign Peace of Buczacz
December 10 New York Governor Lovelace announces monthly mail service between New York and Boston
December 23 Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a satellite of Saturn
December 30 Baron Karl Rabenhaupt occupies Coevorden, Netherlands