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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1631 AD

January

January 23: France and Sweden sign anti-German Treaty of Barwald

February

February 5: Rhode Island, founder, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England

May

May 17: Earl Johann Tilly attacks Maagdenburg
May 18: English colony Massachusetts Bay grants puritarian voting right
May 18: John Winthrop is elected 1st governor of Massachusetts
May 20: German army under earl Johann Tilly conquerors Maagdenburg
May 30: France/Maximilian van Bavarian signs Accord of Fontainebleau

June

June 19: Peace of Cherasco: Charles de Gonzaga-Nevers becomes duke of Mantua

September

September 13: Admiral Tholen conquerors 30+ Spanish frigates
September 17: Battle of Breitenfeld: King Gustaaf Adolf defeats General Tilly

October

October 10: Saxon army occupies Prague

November

November 4: Ferdinand of Austria installed as land guardian of S Netherlands
November 7: Pierre Gassendi observes transit of Mercury predicted by Kepler

December

December 6: 1st predicted transit of Venus (Kepler) is observed
December 16: Mount Vesuvious, Italy erupts, destroys 6 villages and kills 4,000
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