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This article is about the year 1696.
|Centuries:||16th century – 17th century – 18th century|
|Decades:||1660s 1670s 1680s – 1690s – 1700s 1710s 1720s|
|Years:||1693 1694 1695 – 1696 – 1697 1698 1699|
|1696 by topic:|
|Arts and Science|
|Architecture - Art - Literature - Music - Science|
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|Colonial governors - State leaders|
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|Establishments - Disestablishments|
|Ab urbe condita||2449|
|Bahá'í calendar||−148 – −147|
|English Regnal year||8 Will. 3 – 9 Will. 3|
|Chinese calendar||乙亥年 (Wood Pig)
4392 or 4332
— to —
丙子年 (Fire Rat)
4393 or 4333
|- Vikram Samvat||1752–1753|
|- Shaka Samvat||1618–1619|
|- Kali Yuga||4797–4798|
|Japanese calendar||Genroku 9
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 10 days|
|Minguo calendar||216 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2239|
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- January – In England:
- January 27 – In England, the ship HMS Royal Sovereign (formerly HMS Sovereign of the Seas, 1638) catches fire and burns at Chatham, after 57 years of service.
- January 29 (O.S.) – Peter the Great becomes sole tsar of Russia, upon the death of Tsar Ivan V.
- January 31 – In the Netherlands, undertakers revolt after funeral reforms in Amsterdam.
- March 7 – King William III of England departs from the Netherlands.
- April – Fire destroys the Gra Bet (or Left Quarter) of Gondar, the capital of Ethiopia.
- May 31 – John Salomonsz is elected chief of Sint Eustatius.
- July 18 – The fleet of Tsar Peter The Great occupies Azov at the mouth of the Don River.
- July 29 – King Louis XIV of France and Victor Amadeus, Duke of Savoy, sign a peace treaty.
- August 13 – The Dutch state of Drenthe makes William III of Orange its Stadtholder.
- August 22 – Forces of the Republic of Venice and the Ottoman Empire clash near Molino.
- November 21 – John Vanbrugh's play The Relapse, or Virtue in Danger is first performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.
- December 7 – Connecticut Route 108, one of Connecticut's oldest highways is laid-out to Trumbull.
- December 19 – Jean-Francois Regnard's "Le Joueur" premieres in Paris.
- December 24 – The Inquisition burns a number of Marrano Jews in Évora, Portugal.
- Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville captures and destroys St. John's, Newfoundland.
- Polish replaces Ruthenian as an official language of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
- A famine wipes out almost a third of the population of Finland and a fifth of the population of Estonia.
- Abington, Pennsylvania, is settled.
- William Penn offers an elaborate plan for intercolonial cooperation largely in trade, defense, and criminal matters.
- The Second Pueblo Revolt occurs.
- Edward Lloyd (coffeehouse owner) probably begins publication of Lloyd's News, a predecessor of Lloyd's List, in London.
- January 5 – Giuseppe Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect/painter (d. 1757)
- March 5 – Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian painter (d. 1770)
- March 27 – Antoine Court, French Huguenot minister (d. 1760)
- June 11 – Francis Edward James Keith, Scottish soldier and Prussian field marshal (d. 1758)
- June 27 – William Pepperrell, English colonial soldier (d. 1759)
- July 14 – William Oldys, English antiquarian and bibliographer (d. 1761)
- July 24 – Benning Wentworth, colonial governor of New Hampshire (d. 1770)
- August 2 – Mahmud I, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1754)
- August 12 – Maurice Greene, English composer (d. 1755)
- September 27 – Alphonsus Liguori, Italian founder of the Redemptorist Order (d.1787)
- October 10 – Chen Hongmou, Chinese scholar and philosopher (d. 1771)
- October 13 – John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey, English statesman and writer (d. 1743)
- November 2 – Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania's ambassador to the Iroquois Confederacy (d. 1760)
- December 22 – James Oglethorpe, English general and founder of the state of Georgia as a colony (d. 1785)
- January 11 – Charles Albanel, French missionary explorer in Canada (b. 1616)
- February – Ahom King Supaatphaa or Gadadhar Singha
- February 8 – Tsar Ivan V of Russia (b. 1666)
- March 14 – Jean Domat, French jurist (b. 1625)
- March 18 – Robert Charnock, English conspirator (b. c. 1663)
- April 17 – Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, French writer (b. 1626)
- April 30 – Robert Plot, British naturalist (b. 1640)
- May 10 – Jean de La Bruyère, French writer (b. 1645)
- May 26 – Albertine Agnes of Nassau, regent of Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe (b. 1634)
- May 30 – Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, First Lord of the British Admiralty (b. 1638)
- June 17 – John III Sobieski, King of Poland (b. 1629)
- August 2 – Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, Scottish military commander at the Massacre of Glencoe (b. 1630)
- December 4 – Meisho, empress of Japan (b. 1624)
- date unknown – Daibhidh Ó Duibhgheannáin (b. 1651)