1670 in England
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- 1 June – the secret treaty of Dover is signed between King Charles II of England and France.
- 8 July O.S. – Spain recognises Jamaica and the Cayman Islands as English possessions by the Treaty of Madrid.
- 18 August – John Dryden is appointed as historiographer royal.
- 20 September – production of Mrs Aphra Behn's first play, The Forced Marriage, at the Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre by the Duke's Company, with Thomas Betterton in the lead.
- 9 November – Bushel's Case establishes that members of a jury may not be punished for delivering a verdict according to their conscience even if contrary to the view of the judge.
- 21 December – John Coventry is maimed for making a joke about the King, resulting in passing of the Maiming Act, making lying in wait to maim anyone a felony.
- Rock salt is discovered near Northwich in Cheshire.
- 24 January – William Congreve, playwright (died 1729)
- 10 April – Edward Montagu, 3rd Earl of Sandwich, (died 1729)
- 23 April – Cassandra Willoughby, Duchess of Chandos, historian (died 1735)
- 8 May – Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, soldier (died 1726)
- 19 July – Richard Leveridge, bass and composer (died 1758)
- 21 August – James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick, illegitimate son of King James II (died 1734)
- 27 September – Sir Thomas Stanley, 4th Baronet, Member of Parliament (died 1714)
- 4 December – John Aislabie, politician and director of the South Sea Company (died 1742)
- James Annesley, 3rd Earl of Anglesey, (died 1702)
- Laurence Echard, historian (died 1730)
- Sarah Fyge Egerton, poet (died 1723)
- Abigail Masham, Baroness Masham, royal favourite (died 1734)
- 3 January – George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, soldier (born 1608)
- 21 January – Claude Duval, highwayman, hanged (born 1643, France)
- 15 March – John Davenport, clergy (born 1597)
- 5 May – Sir Geoffrey Palmer, 1st Baronet, lawyer and politician (born 1598)
- 30 June – Princess Henrietta Anne Stuart (born 1644)
- 4 July – Christopher Hatton, 1st Baron Hatton, Royalist (born 1605)
- 16 September – William Penn, admiral (born 1621)
- 21 November – Sir Walter Yonge, 2nd Baronet, Member of Parliament (born c. 1625)
- Gilbert Mabbot, licenser of the press (born 1622)
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- Munsell, Joel (1858). The Every Day Book of History and Chronology. D. Appleton & Co.
- Martindale, Adam (12 December 1670). "Extracts of Two Letters, Written...from...Cheshire, Novemb. 12. and Nov. 26. 1670. Concerning the Discovery of a Rock of Natural Salt in That Country". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. London. 5: 2015-2017. doi:10.1098/rstl.1670.0033. JSTOR 101610.