Events in year of 1638

  • 01-03Dutch Premier Van Joost speaks of "Hostage rights of Aemstel"
  • 01-03Schouwburg Theater, the 1st in Amsterdam, opens
  • 01-05Petition in Recife Brazil leads to closing of their 2 synagogues
  • 02-11Dutch countess Louise of Solms marries Earl John of Brederode
  • 02-28Scottish Presbyterians sign National Convent, Greyfriars, Edinburgh
  • 03-03Duke Bernard van Saksen-Weimar occupies Rheinfelden
  • 03-22Religious dissident Anne Hutchinson expelled from Mass Bay Colony
  • 03-291st permanent white settlement in Delaware (Swedish Lutherans)
  • 05-07Cornelis S Goyer takes possession of Mauritius (uninhabited)
  • 05-14Admiral Adam Westerwolt conquerors Batticaloa, Ceylon
  • 06-011st earthquake recorded in US, at Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 06-25Lunar eclipse is 1st astronomical event recorded in US
  • 08-09Jonas Bronck of Holland becomes 1st European settler in Bronx
  • 11-08Anne Hutchinson banished from Massachusetts
  • 12-17French / Swedish troops occupy Breisach on the Rhine

People born in year of 1638

  • 01-01Antoinette du Ligier de la Guard Deshoulieres: French poet / playwright
  • 01-10Niels Stensen: Danish astronomer
  • 01-12Ernst R Tarhemberg: Austrian Field Marshal (Turkish Wars)
  • 02-14Sybilla Schwarz: Writer
  • 03-23Frederik Ruysch: Dutch anatomist
  • 04-11Diogo Diaz Melgaz: Composer
  • 06-15Samuel Apostool: Dutch vicar / theologist (The Sun)
  • 07-06Gerrit A Berckheyde: Dutch painter
  • 07-08Matteo Coferati: Composer
  • 07-10David Teniers III: Flemish painter (carpet cartons)
  • 07-15Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani: Composer
  • 08-06Nicolas de Malebranche: French philosopher
  • 10-18Lars Johnstown [Lasse Lucidor]: Swedish poet
  • 10-31Meindert Hobbema: Amsterdams landscape painter, baptised
  • 12-17Johann Ulrich Sultzberger: Composer

People died in year of 1638

  • 02-28Claude G Bachet de Meziriac: French Mathematician / poet, dies at 56
  • 02-28Henri duc de Rohan: French soldier / Huguenot leader
  • 03-08Jacob C van Neck: Admiral / Mayor of Amsterdam, dies at about 73
  • 03-19Paul Moreelse: Dutch Painter / master builder, dies at about 66
  • 03-26Palamedes "Stevens" Palamedesz: Painter, dies at about 30
  • 05-06Cornelius Jansen: Theologian (Jansenism)
  • 05-27Nicolas Forme: Composer, dies at 71
  • 06-27Lukaris Cyrillus: Patriarch of Alexandria / Constantinople
  • 07-27Johan VIII de Jongere: Count of Nassau-Siegen, dies in battle at 54
  • 08-12Johannes Althusius [Althaut]: German lawyer, dies at about 81
  • 08-31John Ward: Composer, dies at 67
  • 11-08Johann H Alsted: German Theologist / philosopher, dies at 50
  • 11-11Cornelis Cornelisz: "of Haarlem", painter, dies at about 76
  • 12-10Ivan [Dzivo F] Gundulic: Dalmatian writer (Osman), dies at 49

Events in year of 1639

  • 01-06Virginia is 1st colony to order surplus crops (tobacco) destroyed
  • 01-141st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford
  • 01-14Rodger Ludlow publishes"Fundamental Orders of Connecticut"
  • 01-24Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders
  • 03-13Cambridge College renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard
  • 05-08William Coddington founds Newport, Rhode Island
  • 05-20Dorchester Mass, forms 1st school funded by local taxes
  • 06-06Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill
  • 06-101st American log cabin at Fort Christina (Wilmington Delaware)
  • 06-18Treaty of Berwick: End 1st Bishop war
  • 07-19French troops occupy Salses, at Perpignan
  • 09-12Viceroy Thomas Wentworth sails back to England
  • 09-251st printing press in America
  • 09-25Suzuki Shosan, Samurai Monk of Zen Buddhism, found awakening
  • 10-21Dunes (Marten Tromp defeats Spanish armada under De Oquendo)
  • 10-21Sea battle at Dunes: Lieutenant Admiral Maarten Tromp beats Spanish Armada
  • 11-051st post office in the colonies is set up in Massachusetts
  • 11-241st observation of transit of Venus occured (only 2, record event)
  • 12-031st annulment by court decree passes

People born in year of 1639

  • 10-14Simon van der Stel: Dutch Governor of Cape colony (1679-99)
  • 12-21Jean Racin: Writer

People died in year of 1639

  • 01-20Mustapha I: Sultan of Turkey (1622-23)
  • 01-23Francisco Maldonado da Silva Solis: Peruvian poet, burned at stake
  • 01-24George Jenatsch: Grisons leader, assassinated
  • 03-22Thomas Carew: English Poet / diplomat (The Rapture)
  • 05-21Giovan D "Tommaso" Campanella: Italian philosopher / poet, dies at 70
  • 06-02Floris II van Pallandt: Earl of Culemborg / politician, dies at 62
  • 07-09Entonius Walaeus: Calvinist theologist, dies at 65
  • 07-18Bernard: Duke of Saksen-Weimar (Rheinfelden)
  • 08-04Juan R Alarcon y Mendoza: Mexican / Spanish playwright, dies at 58
  • 08-20Martin Opitz: German Poet / Historian (Troerinnen), dies at 41
  • 09-20John Meursius [van Meurs]: Historian, dies at 60
  • 10-07John I Pontanus: Physicist / Historian (Amsterdam), dies at 68
  • 11-03Martinus de Porres: Peru Saint (patron of social justice), dies at 69
  • 11-07William Cobbold: Composer, dies at 79