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What Happened in 1639

Important Events in 1639

  • Aug 22 Madras (now Chennai), India, founded by the British East India Company on sliver of land bought from local Nayak rulers
  • Nov 24 1st observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree - helped establish size of the Solar System

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Famous People Born in 1639

  • Jan 19 Noel Alexandre, French theologian/historian
  • Feb 6 Daniel Georg Morhof, German writer & scholar, born in Wismar, Germany (d. 1691)
  • Jun 21 Increase Mather, New England Puritan minister, born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1723)
  • Jul 25 Thomas Tompion, English clock maker (cylinder tunnel), born in Northill, Bedfordshire, England (d. 1713)
  • Sep 17 Hans Herr, Swiss Mennonite bishop, born in Z├╝rich, Switzerland (d. 1725)

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Famous People in 1639

World Leaders in 1639

Famous People Who Died in 1639

  • Jan 20 Mustapha I, sultan of Turkey (1622-23), dies
  • Jan 23 Francisco Maldonado da Silva Solis, Peruvian poet, burned at stake
  • Jan 24 George Jenatsch, Grisons leader, assassinated
  • Mar 22 Thomas Carew, English poet/diplomat (The Rapture), dies
  • May 21 Tommaso Campanella, Italian theologian, philosopher and poet, dies at 70

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