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1641 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 14 United East Indian Company conquers city of Malacca, 7,000 killed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16 English king Charles I accepts Triennial Act requiring that Parliament meet for at least a fifty-day session once every three years

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • Mar 16 General court declares RI a democracy & adopts new constitution
  • Jun 1 France and Portugal sign anti-Spanish covenant
  • Jul 6 Battle at La Marfée Sedan: Earl Soisson beats French government army

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Jul 27 Prince Frederick Henry captures castle of Gennep

Prince of Orange Frederick Henry
Prince of Orange
Frederick Henry
  • Aug 20 England & Scotland sign Treaty of Pacification
  • Aug 26 West India Company conquers Sao Paulo de Loanda, Angola
  • Oct 15 Paul de Chomedy de Maisonneuve claims Montreal
  • Oct 23 Outbreak of the Irish Rebellion of 1641 - Catholic uprising in Ulster
  • Dec 1 Massachusetts becomes the first colony to give statutory recognition to slavery
  • Dec 6 Don Francisco de Mello appointed land guardian of South Netherlands
  • Dec 25 Emperor Ferdinand III makes appointments with Sweden and France

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 18 Francois Michel le Tellier, French statesman (Marquis de Louvois), born in Paris (d. 1691)
  • Apr 8 Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney, English statesman, born in Paris (d. 1704)
  • Apr 15 Robert Sibbald, Scottish physician, born in Edinburgh (d. 1722)
  • May 8 Nicolaas Witsen, Dutch statesman and mayor of Amsterdam, born in Amsterdam (d. 1717)
  • May 16 Dudley North, English financier and economist
  • May 28 Johann Weikhard von Valvasor, Slovenian polymath and natural historian, born in Laibach, Carniola (d. 1693)
  • Jun 28 Marie Casimire Louise de la Grange d'Arquien, queen of Poland (1676-96), born in Nevers, France (d. 1716)
  • Jun 30 Meinhardt Schomberg, 3rd Duke of Schomberg, Irish general, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1719)
  • Jul 30 Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist, born in Schoonhoven, Netherlands (d. 1673)
  • Aug 5 John Hathorne, American magistrate (d. 1717)
  • Sep 23 Adrian "Aart" van Wijck, theologist (against jansenisme)
  • Oct 5 Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart, Marquise de Montespan, French mistress of King Louis XIV of France, born in Lussac-les-Châteaux, France (d. 1707)
  • Nov 23 Anthonie Heinsius, Dutch statesman (d. 1720)

Weddings in History

  • May 12 Prince Willem II of Orange (14) marries English princess Mary Henrietta Stuart (9)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Jeremiah Horrocks, English astronomical prodigy, dies at 22
  • Jan 11 Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Aguilar, Spanish poet (b. 1583)
  • Mar 8 Xu Xiake, Chinese adventurer (b. 1587)
  • Apr 13 Richard Montagu, English clergyman, dies at 64
  • Apr 15 Domenichino, Italian painter, dies at 59
  • May 10 Johan Banér, Swedish soldier (b. 1596)
  • May 12 Thomas Wentworth, 1st earl of Strafford and Viceroy of Ireland, beheaded at 48
  • Jun 27 Michiel Janszoon van Mierevelt, Dutch royal painter, dies at 74
  • Sep 27 Francois van d'aerssen, mister of Sommelsdijk and diplomat, dies at 69
  • Oct 6 Matthijs H Quast, fleet guardian (Gold Islands), dies in battle
  • Oct 31 Cornelis Jol, Dutch admiral and privateer, dies at about 41
  • Nov 9 Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands, Cardinal of the Holy Catholic Church and military commander during the Thirty Years' War, dies at 32
  • Nov 28 Robert Dowland, English luitist/son of John Dowland, dies at about 50
  • Dec 9 Anthony van Dyck, Flemish painter, dies at 42
  • Dec 27 Francois van d'Aerssen, ruler of Sommelsdijk/diplomat, dies at 69