On This Day

What Happened in 1642

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Georgeana (York) in Maine becomes the 1st incorporated American city
  • Mar 12 Abel Tasman is the 1st European to sight New Zealand, viewing the north-west coast of the South Island
  • Aug 13 Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens discovers Martian south polar cap
  • Aug 22 English Civil War begins between Royalists and Parliament
  • Nov 24 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovers Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania)
  • Dec 13 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sights the South Island of present day New Zealand; initially he calls it Staten Landt and changes it a year later to Nieuw Zeeland [1]
  • Dec 18 Abel Tasman's expedition sails around Farewell Spit and into Golden Bay, first sighting local Māori in New Zealand
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Famous People in 1642

World Leaders in 1642