On This Day

What Happened in November 1639

Historical Events

  • Nov 5 First post office in the colonies is set up in Massachusetts
  • Nov 24 1st observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree - helped establish size of the Solar System

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 3 Martinus de Porres, Peruvian saint (patron of social justice), dies at 69
  • Nov 7 William Cobbold, composer, dies at 79
  • Nov 7 Thomas Arundell, 1st Baron Arundell of Wardour, English politician
  • Nov 26 John Spottiswoode, Scottish historian (b. 1565)