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Events of 1679
- January 24 – King Charles II of England dissolves the Cavalier Parliament.
- March 6 – In England, the Habeas Corpus Parliament (or First Exclusion Parliament) assembles for the first time.
- May 27 – The Habeas Corpus Act 1679 is passed in England.
- June 1 – Battle of Drumclog: Scottish Covenanters defeat a small government force.
- June 22 – Battle of Bothwell Bridge: The Duke of Monmouth subdues the Covenanters.
- August 7 – The brigantine Le Griffon, commissioned by René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, is towed to the southern end of the Niagara River, to become the first ship to sail the upper Great Lakes.
- November 27 – A fire in Boston, Massachusetts, burns all of the warehouses, 80 houses, and all of the ships in the dockyards.