1640 in History

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Events in History

  • 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

BattleBattle of Interest

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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 25 William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire, English soldier and statesman (d. 1707)
  • Mar 18 Philippe de la Hire, French mathematician and astronomer (d. 1719)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 30 John Trenchard, English politician, born in Lytchett Matravers, Dorset (d. 1695)

English Politician John Trenchard
English Politician
John Trenchard
  • Apr 1 Georg Mohr, Danish mathematician (d. 1697)
  • Apr 22 Mariana Alcoforado, Portugal, nun
  • May 31 Michał Wiśniowiecki, King of Poland (d. 1673)
  • Jun 5 Pu Songling, Chinese writer (d. 1715)
  • Jun 9 Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (1658-1705)
  • Jun 15 Bernard Lamy, French mathematician (d. 1715)
  • Jun 21 Abraham Mignon, still life painter
  • Sep 29 Antoine Coyzevox, French sculptor, baptized
  • Nov 28 Willem de Vlamingh, Flemish sea captain (c. 1648)
  • Dec 6 Claude Fleury, French historian (d. 1723)
  • Dec 13 Robert Plot, English naturalist (d. 1696)
  • Dec 14 (baptism date) - Aphra Behn, English playwright and novelist (d. 1689)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 14 Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron Coventry, English lawyer and judge (b. 1578)
  • Jan 22 Erasmus Quellinus I, Flemish wood carver, dies at about 55
  • Jan 25 Robert Burton, author (Anatomy of Melancholy), dies
  • Feb 4 Hendrick C Vroom, Dutch seascape painter, dies
  • Feb 9 Murad IV, sultan of Turkey (1623-40), dies in Baghdad at 27
  • Mar 17 Philip Massinger, dramatist, dies
  • Apr 2 Matthias C Sarbiewski, [Sarbievius], Polish jesuit/poet, dies at 45
  • Apr 10 Charlotte Flandrina van Nassau, daughter of Willem I, dies at 60
  • May 30 Andre Duchesne, French historian/genealogy, dies
  • May 30 Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish Baroque painter, dies at 62
  • Jun 3 Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk, English politician (b. 1584)
  • Jul 12 Henry Casimir I, count of Nassau-Dietz, dies
  • Oct 20 John Ball, English Puritan clergyman (b. 1585)
  • Oct 26 Pietro Tacca, Italian sculptor/architect, dies at 63
  • Dec 6 Matthijs Elsevier, Flemish/Dutch book publisher/merchant, dies at 75
  • Dec 9 Pierre Fourier, Roman Catholic saint and French priest (b.1565)
  • Dec 30 John Francis Regis, French saint (b. 1597)