Events in History in 1640

  • Mar 9 Pierre Corneilles "Horace" premieres in Paris
  • Apr 13 English Short Parliament forms (till May 5)
  • May 3 English Upper house accepts Act of Attainder
  • May 5 English Short Parliament rises

Revolt of the Catalans

May 12 Revolt of Catalonia begins, an uprising against the Spanish King Philip IV in eastern Spain

  • Aug 3 2,000 men VOC-army surrounds the city of Malacca
  • Aug 3 Zorilla's "Bire el Ojo" premieres in Toledo

Battle of Interest

Aug 28 Second Bishop's War: King Charles I's English army loses to a Scottish Covenanter force at the Battle of Newburn

  • Aug 29 English King Charles I signs a peace treaty with Scotland
  • Nov 3 English Long Parliament forms
  • Nov 11 Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, impeached by the House of Lords on the evidence of John Pym, and imprisoned in the Tower of London; he was later executed.
  • Dec 1 Portugal regains independence after 60 years of Spanish rule following a revolution by Portuguese nobility; the Portuguese Restoration War begins and lasts until 1668 with recognition by Spain of the country's independence
  • Dec 9 Settler Hugh Bewitt banished from Mass colony when he declares himself to be free of original sin
  • Dec 15 Duke of Braganca crowned King Johan IV of Portugal
  • Dec 25 Pierre de Fermat writes to Marin Mersenne about Fermat's church thesis