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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1642 AD

January

January 4: King Charles I with 400 soldiers attacks the English parliament
January 10: King Charles I and family flee London for Oxford

March

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

May 6: Ville Marie (Montreal) forms
May 18: Montreal Canada founded

June

June 14: 1st compulsory education law in America passed by Massachusetts

August

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

September 19: Perpignan surrenders to French troops
September 23: Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1st commencement

October

October 23: Battle at Edgeville (Warwick): King Charles I vs English parliament

November

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

December 13: New Zealand discovered by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman
December 22: Pope Urbanus VIII publishes degree In eminente
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