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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1639 AD

January

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

February 7: Academie Franeaise begins Dictionary of French Language

March

March 13: Cambridge College renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard

May

May 8: William Coddington founds Newport, Rhode Island
May 20: Dorchester Massachusetts, forms 1st school funded by local taxes

June

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

July 19: French troops occupy Salses, at Perpignan

September

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

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

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

December 3: 1st annulment by court decree passes
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