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1676 (MDCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar and a leap year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar, the 1676th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 676th year of the 2nd millennium, the 76th year of the 17th century, and the 7th year of the 1670s decade. As of the start of 1676, the Gregorian calendar was 10 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923.
|Ab urbe condita||2429|
|Balinese saka calendar||1597–1598|
|English Regnal year||27 Cha. 2 – 28 Cha. 2|
|Chinese calendar||乙卯年 (Wood Rabbit)|
4372 or 4312
— to —
丙辰年 (Fire Dragon)
4373 or 4313
|- Vikram Samvat||1732–1733|
|- Shaka Samvat||1597–1598|
|- Kali Yuga||4776–4777|
|Japanese calendar||Enpō 4|
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 10 days|
|Minguo calendar||236 before ROC|
|Thai solar calendar||2218–2219|
1802 or 1421 or 649
— to —
1803 or 1422 or 650
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- January – Six months into King Philip's War, Metacomet (King Philip), leader of the Algonquian tribe known as the Wampanoag, travels westward to the Mohawk nation, seeking an alliance with the Mohawks against the English colonists of New England; his efforts in creating such an alliance are a failure.
- January 29 – Feodor III becomes Tsar of Russia.
- February 10 – After the Nipmuc tribe attacks Lancaster, Massachusetts, colonist Mary Rowlandson is taken captive, and lives with the Indians until May.
- February 14 – Metacomet and his Wampanoags attack Northampton, Massachusetts; meanwhile, the Massachusetts Council debates whether a wall should be erected around Boston.
- February 23 – While the Massachusetts Council debates how to handle the Christian Indians they had exiled to Deer Island on October 13, 1675, a coalition of Indians led by Metacomet attacks colonial settlements just 16 km (9.9 mi) outside of Boston.
- March 29 – Providence, Rhode Island is attacked and destroyed by Native Americans.
- May 2–3 – Mary Rowlandson is released from captivity, and returns to Boston.
- May 19 – Peskeomskut Massacre – Battle of Turner's Falls: Captain William Turner leads a raid at first light, on an encampment consisting mainly of women and children. An estimated 300-400 lives are taken in less than half an hour, first from gunshot directly into the sleeping tents, then by sword and by drowning as the victims try to flee. This incident happens on the west bank of the Connecticut River, just above the falls known as Turner's Falls in Gill, Massachusetts.
- May 26 – A fire destroys the town hall and 624 houses in Southwark, England.
- May 31 – The Massachusetts Council finally decides to move the Christian Indians from Deer Island to Cambridge, Massachusetts (approximate date).
- June – Bacon's Rebellion begins in the Virginia Colony. On July 30, Nathaniel Bacon and his followers issue the Declaration of the People of Virginia.
- June 1 – Battle of Öland: A combined fleet of the Dutch Republic and Denmark–Norway decisively defeats the Swedish Navy, which loses its flagship Kronan.
- June 12 – The Indian coalition attacks Hadley, Massachusetts, but are repelled by Connecticut troops.
- June 19 – Massachusetts issues a declaration of amnesty, to any Indian who surrenders.
- July 2 – Major John Talcott and his troops begin sweeping Connecticut and Rhode Island, capturing large numbers of Native Americans from Algonquian tribes and exporting them out of the Thirteen Colonies as slaves.
- July 4 – Captain Benjamin Church and his soldiers begin sweeping Plymouth Colony, for any remaining Wampanoag tribesmen.
- July 11 – The Wampanoags attack Taunton, Massachusetts, but are repelled by colonists.
- July 17 – In France, Madame de Brinvilliers is executed for poisoning her father and brothers. The case also scares King Louis XIV into starting a series of investigations about possible poisonings and witchcraft (later called the Affair of the Poisons).
- July 27 – Nearly 200 Nipmuc tribesmen surrender to the English colonists in Boston.
- July 30 – Virginia colonist Nathaniel Bacon and his makeshift army issue a Declaration of the People of Virginia, instigating Bacon's Rebellion against the rule of Governor William Berkeley.
- August 2 – Captain Benjamin Church captures Metacomet's wife and son.
- August 12 – King Philip (Metacomet), chief of the Wampanoags that had waged a war throughout southern New England that bore his name, is killed by an Indian named Alderman, a soldier led by Captain Benjamin Church.
- August 17 – Sweden gains a decisive victory over Denmark–Norway in the Battle of Halmstad (fought at Fyllebro).
- August 28 – Irish Donation of 1676 is shipped from Dublin to relieve Boston in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
- September 19
- September 21 – Pope Innocent XI succeeds Pope Clement X, as the 240th pope.
- October 13 – Trunajaya defeats the Mataram Sultanate in the Battle of Gegodog.
- October 17 – The Treaty of Żurawno is signed, between the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire and Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
- November 16 – A prison is founded on Nantucket Island, in the English colony of Massachusetts.
- November 27 – A fire in Boston, Massachusetts, is accidentally set by a careless and sleepy apprentice, who drops a lighted candle, or leaves it too near some combustible substance; this is the largest fire known at this time in the district. The Rev. Increase Mather’s church, dwelling and a portion of his personal library are destroyed.
- December 4 – Scanian War: Sweden defeats the forces of Denmark in the Battle of Lund.
- December 7 – Ole Rømer makes the first quantitative measurements of the speed of light.
- Emperor Yohannes I of Ethiopia decrees that Muslims must live separately from Christians throughout his realm.
- Anton van Leeuwenhoek discovers microorganisms.
- An Åbo Lantdag (assembly) meets in Turku, Finland.
- The French East India Company founds its principal Indian base at Pondicherry, on the Coromandel Coast.
- March 17 – Thomas Boston, Scottish church leader (d. 1732)
- March 27 – Francis II Rákóczi, Hungarian rebel against the Habsburgs (d. 1735)
- April 23 – King Frederick I of Sweden (d. 1751)
- May 26 – Maria Clara Eimmart, German astronomer, engraver and designer (d. 1707)
- May 28 – Jacopo Riccati, Italian mathematician (d. 1754)
- June 17 – Louise de Maisonblanche, illegitimate daughter of Louis XIV of France (d. 1718)
- June 21 – Anthony Collins, English philosopher (d. 1729)
- July 3 – Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian field marshal (d. 1747)
- July 14 – Caspar Abel, German theologian, historian, poet (d. 1763)
- August 26 – Robert Walpole, first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1745)
- September 13 – Élisabeth Charlotte d'Orléans, duchess and regent of Lorraine (d. 1744)
- September 18 – Eberhard Louis, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1733)
- October 8 – Benito Jerónimo Feijóo y Montenegro, Spanish scholar (d. 1764)
- November 8 – Louise Bénédicte de Bourbon, duchess of Maine, daughter in law of Louis XIV (d.1753)
- date unknown – Alexander Selkirk, Scottish sailor (d. 1721)
- January 7 – Marco Faustini, Italian opera manager (b. 1606)
- January 13 – Isaac Commelin, Dutch historian (b. 1598)
- January 14 – Francesco Cavalli, Italian composer (b. 1602)
- January 16 – Georg Arnold, Austrian musician (b. 1621)
- January 29 – Tsar Alexis of Russia (b. 1629)
- February 3 – François Chauveau, French painter (b. 1613)
- February 14 – Abraham Bosse, French engraver and artist (b. c. 1604)
- February 20 – Hugh Forth, English politician (b. 1610)
- March 2 – Juan de Almoguera, Roman Catholic prelate who served as Archbishop of Lima (1673–1676) and Bishop of Arequipa (1659–1673) (b. 1605)
- March 21 – Henri Sauval, French historian (b. 1623)
- March 22 – Lady Anne Clifford, 14th Baroness de Clifford (b. 1590)
- March 23 – Paul Würtz, Swedish general (b. 1612)
- March 27 – Bernardino de Rebolledo, Spanish poet, soldier and diplomat (b. 1597)
- April 5 – John Winthrop the Younger, Governor of Connecticut (b. 1606)
- April 8 – Claudia Felicitas of Austria, Holy Roman Empress (b. 1653)
- April 20 – John Clarke, English physician (b. 1609)
- April 29 – Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch admiral (b. 1607)
- May 5 – Sir Richard Lloyd, English politician (b. 1606)
- May 7 – Henri Valois, French historian (b. 1603)
- May 25 – Johann Rahn, Swiss mathematician (b. 1622)
- May 26 – Thomas Rouse, English politician (b. 1608)
- June 1 – Karl Kaspar von der Leyen, German Catholic archbishop (b. 1618)
- June 7 – Paul Gerhardt, German hymnist (b. 1606)
- June 13 – Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, wife of Ferdinand Maria (b. 1636)
- June 16 – Nathaniel Dickinson, American settler (b. 1601)
- June 29 – Hendrik van der Borcht II, German painter (b. 1614)
- July – Jesse Wharton colonial governor of Maryland
- July 5 – Carl Gustaf Wrangel, Swedish soldier (b. 1613)
- July 8 – Francis I Rákóczi, Hungarian prince of Transylvania (b. 1645)
- July 12 – Duchess Elisabeth Sophie of Mecklenburg, German poet composer and (by marriage) Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg (b. 1613)
- July 22 – Pope Clement X (b. 1590)
- July 25 – François Hédelin, abbé d'Aubignac, French writer (b. 1604)
- July 17 – Madame de Brinvilliers, French murderer (b. 1630)
- August 11 – Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, German writer (b. 1621)
- August 14 – Nicolò Sagredo, 105th Doge of Venice (b. 1606)
- August 28 – Margravine Louise Charlotte of Brandenburg, Duchess of Courland by marriage (1645–1676) (b. 1617)
- August 31 – Lars Stigzelius, Swedish Lutheran archbishop (b. 1598)
- September 4 – John Ogilby, Scottish-born impresario and cartographer active in Dublin and London (b. 1600)
- September 9 – Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve, French military officer, founder of Montreal in New France (b. 1612)
- September 10 – Gerrard Winstanley, English religious reformer (b. 1609)
- September 11 – Anna de' Medici, Archduchess of Austria (b. 1616)
- September 17 – Sabbatai Zevi, Montenegrin rabbi, kabbalist and founder of the Jewish Sabbatean movement (b. 1626)
- September 28 – Anna Maria Antigó, Spanish Catholic nun (b. 1602)
- October 6 – Claudia Rusca, Italian composer, singer, and organist (b. 1593)
- October 7 – Richard Neville, English soldier and MP (b. 1615)
- October 10 – Sebastian Knüpfer, German composer (b. 1633)
- October 13 – Juan de Arellano, Spanish artist (b. 1614)
- October 15 – Simon de Vos, Flemish painter (b. 1603)
- October 26 – Nathaniel Bacon, Virginian colonist and instigator of Bacon's Rebellion (b. circa 1640s)
- October 28 – Jean Desmarets, French writer (b. 1595)
- November 1 – Gisbertus Voetius, Dutch theologian (b. 1589)
- November 9 – Allart Pieter van Jongestall, Dutch jurist, politician, and diplomat (b. 1612)
- November 12 – Shang Kexi, Chinese general (b. 1604)
- December 11 – Roland Fréart de Chambray, French writer (b. 1606)
- December 12 – William Morice, English politician (b. 1602)
- December 18 – Edward Benlowes, English poet (b. 1603)
- December 19 – Adolph, Prince of Nassau-Schaumburg and Count of Nassau-Schaumburg (1653–1676) (b. 1629)
- December 25
- Matthew Hale, Lord Chief Justice of England (b. 1609)
- William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, English soldier, politician, writer (b. 1592)
- "Fires, Great", in The Insurance Cyclopeadia: Being an Historical Treasury of Events and Circumstances Connected with the Origin and Progress of Insurance, Cornelius Walford, ed. (C. and E. Layton, 1876) p43
- Hubbard, William (1848). A General History of New England, from the discovery to MDCLXXX. Boston: Little, Brown.