1682 in History
February 9 Thomas Otway's "Venice Preserved," premieres in London
March 19 Nationally Council accept independence of French church
April 9 Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France
May 1 Louis XIV and his court inaugurates Paris Observatory
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 14 Henry Purcell appointed organist of Chapel Royal, London
August 24 Duke James of York gives Delaware to William Penn
August 30 William Penn left England to sail to New World
September 4 English astronomer Edmund Halley sees his namesake comet
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 12 Swedish king Karel XI establishes absolute monarchy
December 2 English earl of Shaftesbury flight to Amsterdam
December 4 1st General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester)