On This Day

Events in History in 1638

  • Jan 3 Dutch Premier Van Joost speaks of "Hostage rights of Aemstel"
  • Jan 3 Schouwburg Theater, the 1st in Amsterdam, opens
  • Jan 5 Petition in Recife Brazil leads to closing of their 2 synagogues
  • Feb 28 Scottish Presbyterians sign National Convent, Greyfriars, Edinburgh
  • Mar 3 Duke Bernard of Saxe-Weimar occupies Rheinfelden
  • Mar 22 Religious dissident Anne Hutchinson expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Mar 29 1st permanent white settlement in Delaware (Swedish Lutherans)
  • May 7 Cornelis S Goyer takes possession of Mauritius (uninhabited)
  • May 12 Emperor Shah Jahan commissions construction of the Red Fort at Shahjahanabad, Mughal Empire (now Dehli, India)
  • May 13 Construction of the Red Fort begins at Shahjahanabad, Mughal Empire (now Dehli, India)
  • May 14 Admiral Adam Westerwolt conquers Batticaloa, Ceylon
  • Jun 1 1st earthquake recorded in US, at Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Jun 25 Lunar eclipse is 1st astronomical event recorded in the American Colonies
  • Aug 9 Jonas Bronck of Holland becomes 1st European settler in Bronx
  • Sep 1 -4] French queen-mother Maria de' Medici visits Amsterdam
  • Dec 17 French and Swedish troops occupy Breisach on the Rhine