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Events of 1698
- January 1 – The Abenaki tribe and the Massachusetts colonists sign a treaty ending the conflict in New England.
- January 4 – The Palace of Whitehall in London is destroyed by fire.
- January 23 – George Louis (who will in 1714 become King George I of Great Britain) becomes Elector of Hanover.
- July 2 – Steam engine technology advances after an improved water pumping device is patented by English engineer Thomas Savery.
- July 14 – Darien scheme: The first Scottish settlers leave for an ill-fated colony in Panama.
- August 25 – Peter the Great arrives back to Moscow: General Patrick Gordon has already crushed the streltsy rebellion, with 341 rebels sentenced to be decapitated (tradition holds that tsar Peter decapitated some of them himself).
- September 5 – In an effort to move his people away from Asiatic customs, Tsar Peter I of Russia imposes a tax on beards: all men except priests and peasants are required to pay a tax of 100 rubles a year; commoners are required to pay one kopeck each.
- October 24 – Iberville and Bienville sail from Brest to the Gulf of Mexico to defend the southern borders of New France; they will eventually found 3 capitals of Louisiana (New France), as the future American cities: Mobile, Biloxi & New Orleans.
- November – Tani Jinzan, astronomer and calendar scholar, observes a fire destroy Tosa (now Kochi) in Japan at the same time as a Leonid meteor shower, taking it as evidence to reinforce belief in the "Theory of Areas".
- November 16 – A congress begins in Sremski Karlovci to discuss a treaty between the Ottoman Empire and the Holy League.
- Tories replace Whigs as the party of government. One of their leading members is Robert Harley whose specialist policy is reduction of the standing army on which so much of the National Debt has been spent.
- The Whigs sponsor Captain Kidd of New York as a privateer against French shipping.
- Isaac Newton calculates the speed of sound.
- The first lighthouse to be built on Eddystone Rocks, near Plymouth, is completed.
- Humphrey Hody is appointed regius professor of Greek at Oxford.
- John Churchill, Earl of Marlborough is reinstated in the English army after a period in disgrace.
- Bucharest becomes the capital of Wallachia (now part of Romania).
- In Africa, Mombasa and Zanzibar are captured by Oman.
- Since the establishment of its presidencies in 1689, the British East India Company has been under constant pressure from traders who are not members of the company and are not licensed by the Crown to trade. Under a parliamentary ruling in favour of free trade, these private newcomers are able to set up a new company, called the New Company or English Company.
- "Le Moyne de Bienville, Jean-Baptiste", University of Toronto, 2000, webpage: biog-ca-Bienville.