Centuries: 16th century - 17th century - 18th century
- March 26 - Utrecht University founded.
- September 8 - A vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony establishes Harvard College as the first college founded in the Americas.
- The first American ancestor of John Adams emigrates to Massachusetts.
- Dedham,_Massachusetts is incorporated.
- First performance of Pierre Corneille's play, Le Cid
- Manchurian Later Jin dynasty was renamed to Qing Dynasty.
- Father Jacques Marquette, French missionary and explorer