- January 24 - King Charles II of England disbands Parliament
- August 7 - The brigantine Le Griffon, which was commissioned by René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, is towed to the southern end of the Niagara River, to become the first ship to sail the upper Great Lakes.
- Battle of Bothwell Bridge
- Habeas Corpus Act passed in England.
- European explorers discover Niagara Falls.
- Thomas Hobbes
- Anne Conway