1702 in England
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Events from the year 1702 in the Kingdom of England.
- 20 February – William III falls from his horse, Sorrel, in Richmond Park after it stumbles on a molehill and breaks his clavicle.
- 8 March (19 March N.S.) – William III dies of complications following his accident; his sister-in-law Anne Stuart, Princess of Denmark, becomes Queen Anne of England.
- 11 March (22 March N.S.) – the first regular English language national newspaper, The Daily Courant, is published for the first time in Fleet Street in the City of London; it covers only foreign news.
- 23 April – coronation of Queen Anne in Westminster Abbey.
- 4 May (14 May N.S.) – War of the Spanish Succession: England, the Dutch Republic and the Holy Roman Empire declare war on France as part of the Grand Alliance.
- June – War of the Spanish Succession: Queen Anne's Captain-General John Churchill forces the surrender of Kaiserswerth on the Rhine.
- July – general election results in victory for the Tories.
- September – War of the Spanish Succession: Churchill forces the surrender of Venlo on the River Meuse.
- 27 October – English troops plunder St. Augustine in Florida.
- October – War of the Spanish Succession: George Rooke fails to take Cádiz, but captures a Spanish treasure fleet and destroys French and Spanish warships.
- 23 October – War of the Spanish Succession:
- December – Daniel Defoe publishes his satiric pamphlet The Shortest Way with the Dissenters (anonymously).
- 14 December – John Churchill is created Duke of Marlborough.
- Castle Howard in Yorkshire completed, to the design of John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor.
- George Sorocold erects machinery at Cotchetts' silk spinning mill in Derby, making it one of the earliest examples of a factory.
- John Kersey publishes A New English Dictionary; or, a complete collection of the most proper and significant words, commonly used in the language.
- 4 March – Jack Sheppard, burglar and escapee (died 1724)
- 26 June – Philip Doddridge, religious leader (died 1751)
- 5 November – Edward Stone, polymath (died 1768)
- Undated – Benjamin Stillingfleet, botanist (died 1771)
- 8 March – King William III (born 1650 in The Hague, Netherlands)
- 23 April – Margaret Fell, Quaker leader (born 1614)
- 28 September – Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland, statesman (born 1640)
- 15 October – Frances Stewart, Duchess of Richmond, courtier (born 1647)
- 4 November – John Benbow, admiral (born 1653)
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