On This Day

October 1639 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 21 Sea battle at Dunes, Lt Admiral Maarten Tromp defeats Spanish armada under De Oquendo

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 14 Simon van der Stel, 1st governor of Dutch Cape Colony (1679-99), born in Indian Ocean en route to Mauritius (d. 1712)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 7 John I Pontanus, physicist/historian (Amsterdam), dies at 68