1639 in History
January 6 Virginia is 1st colony to order surplus crops (tobacco) destroyed
January 14 1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford
January 14 Rodger Ludlow publishes"Fundamental Orders of Connecticut"
January 24 Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders
February 7 Academie Franeaise begins Dictionary of French Language
March 13 Cambridge College renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard
May 8 William Coddington founds Newport, Rhode Island
May 20 Dorchester Massachusetts, forms 1st school funded by local taxes
June 6 Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill
June 10 1st American log cabin at Fort Christina (Wilmington Delaware)
June 18 Treaty of Berwick: End 1st Bishop war
July 19 French troops occupy Salses, at Perpignan
September 12 Viceroy Thomas Wentworth sails back to England
September 25 1st printing press in America
September 25 Suzuki Shosan, Samurai monk of Zen Buddhism, found awakening
October 21 Dunes (Marten Tromp defeats Spanish armada under De Oquendo)
October 21 Sea battle at Dunes: Lieutenant Admiral Maarten Tromp beats Spanish Armada
November 5 1st post office in the colonies is set up in Massachusetts
November 24 1st observation of transit of Venus occured (only 2, record event)
December 3 1st annulment by court decree passes