| Years: |
1647 1648 1649 – 1650 – 1651 1652 1653
| Decades: |
1620s 1630s 1640s – 1650s – 1660s 1670s 1680s
| Centuries: |
16th century – 17th century – 18th century
Table of contents
- June 23 – Claimant King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland arrives in Scotland, the only of the three Kingdoms that has accepted him as ruler.
- August 23 – Colonel George Monck forms Monck's Regiment of Foot, forerunner of Coldstream Guards
- November 4 – William III of Orange becomes Prince of the House of Orange the moment of his birth, succeeding his father who had died a few days earlier.
- First modern Palio in Siena
- Puritans chop down the original Glastonbury Thorn
- Captain James Hind makes an abortive attempt to seize power in England
- Jews allowed to return to France and England
- Cafés begin to become popular in Europe
- Three-wheeled wheelchairs used in Nuremberg
- Ann Greene, who had been hanged for infanticide in Edinburgh, wakes up in an autopsy table – she is pardoned
- Abyssinia deports Portuguese diplomats and missionaries
- Einkommende Zeitungen – first German newspaper (cancelled 1918)
- February 2 – Nell Gwynne, English actress and royal mistress (d. 1687).
- May 26 – John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (d. 1722)
- November 4 – King William III of England, Scotland, and Ireland (d. 1702)