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Events of 1696
- January 27 – In England, the ship HMS Royal Sovereign (formerly HMS Sovereign of the Seas 1638) catches fire and burns at Chatham, after 57 years of service.
- January 29 (O.S.) – Peter the Great becomes sole tsar of Russia, upon the death of Tsar Ivan V.
- January 31 – In the Netherlands, undertakers revolt after funeral reforms in Amsterdam.
- January – In England, the Recoinage Act is passed in Parliament.
- January – Colley Cibber's play Love's Last Shift is performed at the Theatre Royal.
- March 7 – English king Willem III departs from the Netherlands.
- April – Fire destroys the Gra Bet (or Left Quarter) of Gondar, the capital of Ethiopia.
- May 31 – John Salomonsz is elected chief of Saint-Eustatius.
- July 18 – The fleet of Tsar Peter I of Russia occupies Azov at the mouth of the Don River.
- July 29 – French king Louis XIV and Victor Amadeus van Savoye sign a peace treaty.
- August 13 – The State of Drenthe announces Willem III as mayor.
- August 22 – Forces of Venice and Turkish troops clash near Molino.
- October 29 – Fuller Baptist Church is founded in Kettering, England.
- November 21 – John Vanbrugh's Relapse or Virtue in Danger premieres in London.
- December 7 – Connecticut Route 108, one of Connecticut's oldest highways is laid-out to Trumbull.
- December 19 – Jean-Francois Regnard's "Le Joueur" premieres in Paris.
- December 24 – The Inquisition burns a number of Marrano Jews in Evora, Portugal.
- Freedom of the press is granted by the British government which had already relaxed censorship following the Bill of Rights in 1689. Technically, freedom of the press came about because Parliament decided not to renew its Licensing Act in 1695. It is from this time that sport is increasingly reported.
- Lloyd's News, forerunner of Lloyd's List is founded.
- Polish replaces Ruthenian as an official language of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
- A famine wipes out almost a third of the population of Finland and a fifth of the population of Estonia.
- Abington, Pennsylvania is settled.
- William Penn offers an elaborate plan for intercolonial cooperation largely in trade, defense, and criminal matters.
- The Second Pueblo Revolt occurs.
- Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville captures and destroys St. John's, Newfoundland.