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Events of 1687
- March 19 – The men under explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle murder him while searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River.
- April 4 – King James II of England issues the Declaration of Indulgence, aka the Declaration of Liberty of Conscience, suspending laws against Catholics and non-conformists. It extends toleration of all religions in England.
- May 6 – Emperor Higashiyama succeeds Emperor Reigen on the throne of Japan.
- July 5 – Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (i.e., the Principia) published.
- August 12 – Battle of Mohács (1687): imperial army under Charles V, Duke of Lorraine defeats the Ottoman Turks and enables Austria to conquer most of Ottoman-occupied Hungary.
- September – The Venetian navy raids the Dalmatian coast and attacks Turkish strongholds in Greece. On September 26, the Parthenon in Athens is badly damaged when Venetian mortar fire explodes a Turkish powder magazine housed in the building.
- November 8 – Suleiman II (1687–1691) succeeds the deposed Mehmed IV as Ottoman Emperor.
- December 31 – In response to the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, a group of Huguenots set sail from France and settle in the recently established Dutch colony at the Cape of Good Hope where, using their native skills, they establish the first South African vineyards.