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  • Mar 9 Pierre Corneilles "Horace," premieres in Paris
  • Apr 13 English Short Parliament forms (- May 5)
  • May 3 English Upper house accept Act of Attainder
  • May 5 English Short Parliament rises
  • May 12 Uprising against Spanish king Philip IV
  • Aug 3 2,000 men VOC-army surrounds the city of Malacca
  • Aug 3 Zorilla's "Bire el Ojo" premieres in Toledo

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Aug 28 Second Bishop's War: King Charles I's English army loses to a Scottish Covenanter force at the Battle of Newburn

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • Aug 29 English King Charles I signed a peace treaty with Scotland
  • Nov 3 English Long Parliament forms
  • Nov 11 Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, impeached by the House of Lords on the evidence of John Pym, and imprisoned in the Tower of London; he was later executed.
  • Dec 1 Portugal regains independence after 60 years of Spanish rule
  • Dec 9 Settler Hugh Bewitt banished from Mass colony when he declares himself to be free of original sin
  • Dec 15 Duke of Braganca crowned King Johan IV of Portugal
  • Dec 25 Pierre de Fermat writes to Marin Mersenne about Fermat's church thesis