1682

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Where No Man Has Gone Before...

* It is Mardi Gras Time! - Frenchman, Robert La Salle makes claim to Louisiana in the name of France along with the entire Mississippi Valley. [1]
* Philadelphia - William Penn establishes Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Germantown will be established next year. In the modern day, Germantown is a suburb of Philadelphia. [2] [3] [4]
* Halley's Comet Appears! -- The comet is not known as Halley's Comet yet, but in 1705 Edmond Halley will establish that it has appeared before and predicts when it will appear again. When his prediction comes true, the comet will be named after him, but he will be long dead by that time. [5]
* Peter the Great becomes Tzar of Russia! - He is just 10-years-old so his sister, Sophia, becomes regent. [6]
* "The rumors of my assimilation are greatly exaggerated." - The astronomer, Jean-Felix Picard, has died. He was the first to measure the size of the Earth to any sensible degree of accuracy. [7] [8]

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1682, Wikipedia.

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* The asterisk in the section header indicates that it was read on the podcast.
  1. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. Simon and Schuster, 312-313. “La Salle claims Louisiana territory for France and takes possession of Mississippi Valley” 
  2. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. Simon and Schuster, 312-313. “Czar Feodor III of Russia d.; his sister Sophia becomes Regent for her infant brothers, Ivan and Peter (-1689)” 
  3. Philadelphia - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 23 November 2015. “In 1682, William Penn founded the city to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania Colony.[11] Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787.”
  4. Germantown, Philadelphia - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 23 November 2015. “Founded by German Quaker and Mennonite families in 1683 as an independent borough, it was absorbed into Philadelphia in 1854.”
  5. Edmond Halley - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 23 November 2015. “In 1705, applying historical astronomy methods, he published Synopsis Astronomia Cometicae, which stated his belief that the comet sightings of 1456, 1531, 1607, and 1682 related to the same comet, which he predicted would return in 1758. Halley did not live to witness the comet's return, but when it did, the comet became generally known as Halley's Comet.”
  6. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. Simon and Schuster, 312-313. “Czar Feodor III of Russia d.; his sister Sophia becomes Regent for her infant brothers, Ivan and Peter (-1689)” 
  7. Jean Picard - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 23 November 2015. “He was the first person to measure the size of the Earth to a reasonable degree of accuracy in a survey conducted in 1669–70, for which he is honored with a pyramid at Juvisy-sur-Orge.”
  8. Jean-Luc Picard - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 23 November 2015. “Captain Jean-Luc Picard is a fictional character in the Star Trek: The Next Generation franchise. He appears in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and the feature films Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis.”

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