1642 in History
January 4 King Charles I with 400 soldiers attacks the English parliament
January 10 King Charles I and family flee London for Oxford
March 1 Georgeana (York) Maine became the 1st incorporated American city
March 9 English Queen Henriette Mary arrives in Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands
March 12 Abel Tasman is 1st European in New Zealand
May 6 Ville Marie (Montreal) forms
May 18 Montreal Canada founded
June 14 1st compulsory education law in America passed by Massachusetts
August 13 Christiaan Huygens discovers Martian south polar cap
August 14 Able Tasmans ships Heemskerck/Zeehaen depart out of Batavia
August 22 Civil War in England began between Royalists and Parliament
September 19 Perpignan surrenders to French troops
September 23 Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1st commencement
October 23 Battle at Edgeville (Warwick): King Charles I vs English parliament
November 2 2nd battle at Breitenfeld Saksen: Sweden beat Ferdinand III
November 13 Battle at Turnham Green, London: King Charles I vs English parliament
November 24 Abel Janzoon Tasman discovers Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania)
December 13 New Zealand discovered by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman
December 22 Pope Urbanus VIII publishes degree In eminente