< MDCXXXIX = 1639 >
Events in 1639
|11 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 10 days.|
|26 January:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|13 March:|| ||Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, founded in 1636, is named for clergyman John Harvard.|
|4 April:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|10 April:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated Easter Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox as fixed by the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|18 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|29 May:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|22 Augustus:|| ||The British East India Company buys a strip of land on the Coromandel Coast in India to build Fort St George, considered the founding of Madras.|
|6 October:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|4 December:|| ||English astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks makes the first scientific observation of a transit of Venus in Europe from his home at Carr House in Much Hoole near Preston.|
|16 December:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1049 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
People in 1639
Claudio Monteverdi, Charles I, Abel Tasman, Galileo Galilei, Jacob Cats, Peter Paul Rubens, James Ussher, Hugo Grotius, Joost van den Vondel, Shah Jahan, Nicolas Poussin, Jacob van Campen, Jan van Goyen, René Descartes, François Duquesnoy, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Diego Velázquez, Oliver Cromwell, Pierre de Fermat, Rembrandt van Rijn, Murad IV Ghazi, John Wilkins, Charles Le Brun, Jean de La Fontaine, Andrew Marvell, Molière, Blaise Pascal, Giandomenico Cassini, Paulus Potter, Robert Boyle, Christiaan Huygens, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Baruch Spinoza, John Locke, Robert Hooke, Jan van der Heyden and Louis XIV celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 1639 was a common year starting on a Saturday, just like 1541, 1547, 1558, 1569, 1575, 1583, 1594, 1605, 1611, 1622 and 1633 in the century before it and 1650, 1661, 1667, 1678, 1689, 1695, 1701, 1707, 1718, 1729 and 1735 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2017 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?1639 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 23 June 2017.