On This Day

What Happened in January 1639

Historical Events

  • Jan 6 Virginia is 1st colony to order surplus crops (tobacco) destroyed
  • Jan 14 1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford, published by Rodger Ludlow
  • Jan 24 Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 19 Noel Alexandre, French theologian/historian

Famous Deaths

  • 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