Year 1639 in History

Events in History

  • 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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Historical Figures Who Died in 1639

  • Jan 20 Mustafa I 'Mustafa the Mad', Ottoman sultan (1617-18, 22-23), dies at 38 or 39
  • 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 and diplomat (The Rapture), dies
  • May 21 Tommaso Campanella, Italian theologian, philosopher and poet, dies at 70

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