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This article is about the year 1672.
|Centuries:||16th century – 17th century – 18th century|
|Decades:||1640s 1650s 1660s – 1670s – 1680s 1690s 1700s|
|Years:||1669 1670 1671 – 1672 – 1673 1674 1675|
|1672 by topic:|
|Arts and Science|
|Architecture - Art - Literature - Music - Science|
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|Colonial governors - State leaders|
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|Establishments and disestablishments categories|
|Establishments - Disestablishments|
|Ab urbe condita||2425|
|Bahá'í calendar||−172 – −171|
|English Regnal year||23 Cha. 2 – 24 Cha. 2|
|Chinese calendar||辛亥年 (Metal Pig)
4368 or 4308
— to —
壬子年 (Water Rat)
4369 or 4309
|- Vikram Samvat||1728–1729|
|- Shaka Samvat||1594–1595|
|- Kali Yuga||4773–4774|
|Japanese calendar||Kanbun 11
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 10 days|
|Minguo calendar||240 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2215|
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- March – The Synod of Jerusalem brings together bishops and representatives from the whole of Eastern Orthodox Christendom to discuss Orthodox dogma against the challenge of Protestantism.
- March 15 – Charles II of England issues the Royal Declaration of Indulgence, suspending execution of Penal Laws against Protestant nonconformists and Roman Catholics in his realms; this will be withdrawn the following year under pressure from the Parliament of England.
- March 17 – Third Anglo-Dutch War: The Kingdom of England declares war on the Dutch Republic.
- April 8 – The France declares war on the Dutch Republic, invading the country on April 29.
- May 2 – John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
- June 1 – Münster and Cologne begin their invasion of the Dutch Republic; hence 1672 becomes known as het rampjaar ("the disaster year") in the Netherlands.
- June 7 – Third Anglo-Dutch War: Battle of Solebay, an indecisive sea battle between the Dutch Republic and the joined forces of England and France.
- June 12 – French forces under king Louis XIV cross the Rhine into the Netherlands. The city of Utrecht is occupied by the French Army.
- July 4 – William III of Orange is appointed Stadtholder of Holland and Zeeland on July 16.
- August 20 – Johan de Witt, Grand Pensionary of Holland, is slaughtered by a mob in The Hague.
- September – Raimondo Montecuccoli and the Great Elector assemble at Halberstadt to attack the French and the bishops of Münster and Cologne in their back. Bernard von Galen withdraws from the city of Groningen slowly to the south.
- October – Spain begins construction on the masonry fort that will become Castillo de San Marcos, to protect St. Augustine, Florida.
- October 18 – Treaty of Buchach between the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
- Richard Hoare becomes a partner in the London goldsmith's business which, as private banking house C. Hoare & Co., will survive through to the 21st century.
- January 4 – Hugh Boulter, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (d. 1742)
- January 15 – Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French writer (d. 1731)
- February 13 – Étienne François Geoffroy, French chemist (d. 1731)
- February 26 – Antoine Augustine Calmet, French theologian (d. 1757)
- May 1 – Joseph Addison, English politician and writer (d. 1719)
- June 9 – Emperor Peter I of Russia (d. 1725)
- June 11 – Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Italian priest and composer (d. 1749)
- August 2 – Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss scholar (d. 1733)
- September 8 – Nicolas de Grigny, French organist and composer (d. 1703)
- October 11 – Pylyp Orlyk, Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossack starshina, diplomat (d. 1742)
- October 21 – Ludovico Antonio Muratori, Italian historian and scholar (d. 1750)
- January – Denis Gaultier, French lutenist and composer (b. 1603)
- January 15 – John Cosin, English clergyman (b. 1594)
- February 19 – Charles Chauncy, English-born president of Harvard College (b. 1592)
- March – Archibald Armstrong, court jester to James I of England and Charles I of England (year of birth unknown)
- April 2 – Pedro Calungsod, Filipino saint (b. 1654)
- April 22 – Georg Stiernhielm, Swedish poet (b. 1598)
- April 26 – Lionel Lockyer, English alchemist and quack doctor (b. 1600)
- May 5 – Samuel Cooper, English painter (b. 1609)
- May 8 – Jean-Armand du Peyrer, Comte de Tréville and French Officer (b. 1598)
- May 11 – Charles Seton, 2nd Earl of Dunfermline, English royalist (b. 1615)
- May 28 – John Trevor, Welsh politician (b. 1626)
- June 27 – Roger Twysden, English antiquarian and royalist (b. 1597)
- July 3 – Francis Willughby, English biologist (b. 1635)
- August 20
- September 12 – Tanneguy Lefebvre, French classical scholar (b. 1615)
- September 16 – Anne Bradstreet, American colonial writer (b. c. 1612)
- October 24 – John Webb, English architect (b. 1611)
- November 6 – Heinrich Schütz, German composer (b. 1585)
- November 19 – John Wilkins, English Bishop of Chester (b. 1614)
- December 6 – King John II Casimir of Poland (b. 1609)
- December 7 – Richard Bellingham, Massachusetts colonial magistrate (b. 1592)
- date unknown – Semyon Dezhnyov, Pomor navigator (b. c.1605)
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- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 191–192. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- Hutchings, Victoria (2005). Messrs Hoare, Bankers: a History of the Hoare Banking Dynasty.