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

Events in year of 1640

  • 03-09Pierre Corneilles "Horace, " premieres in Paris
  • 04-13English Short Parliament forms (- May 5)
  • 05-03English Upper house accept Act of Attainder
  • 05-05English Short Parliament unites
  • 05-12Uprising against Spanish King Philip IV
  • 08-032,000 men VOC-army surrounds the city of Malakka
  • 08-29English King Charles I signed a peace treaty with Scotland
  • 11-03English Long Parliament forms
  • 11-11John Pym, Earl of Strafford locked in Tower of London
  • 12-01Portugal regains independence after 60 years of Spanish rule
  • 12-09Settler Hugh Bewitt banished from Mass colony when he declares himself to be free of original sin

People born in year of 1640

  • 04-22Mariana Alcoforado: Portugal -- Nun
  • 06-09Leopold I: Holy Roman Emperor (1658-1705)
  • 06-21Abraham Mignon: Still life painter
  • 09-29Antoine Coyzevox: French sculptor, baptized
  • 11-04Carlo Mannelli: Composer
  • 11-15Nicolaus Adam Strungk: Composer
  • 11-26Carl Rosier: Composer

People died in year of 1640

  • 01-22Erasmus Quellinus I: Flemish wood carver, dies at about 55
  • 01-25Robert Burton: Author (Anatomy of Melancholy)
  • 02-04Hendrick C Vroom: Dutch seascape painter
  • 02-09Murad IV: Sultan of Turkey (1623-40), dies in Baghdad at 27
  • 03-08Guillaume van Messaus: Composer, dies at 50
  • 03-17Philip Massinger: Dramatist
  • 04-02Matthias C Sarbiewski [Sarbievius]: Polish Jesuit / poet, dies at 45
  • 04-10Agostino Agazzari: Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 04-10Charlotte Flandrina van Nassau: Daughter of Willem I, dies at 60
  • 05-30Peter Paul Rubens: Flemish painter, dies at 62
  • 07-12Henry Casimir I: Count of Nassau-Dietz
  • 10-26Pietro Tacca: Italian Sculptor / architect, dies at 63
  • 11-25Giles Farnaby: Composer
  • 12-06Matthijs Elsevier: Flemish / Dutch book publisher / merchant, dies at 75