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Date Event
Jan 6
Virginia is 1st colony to order surplus crops (tobacco) destroyed 
Jan 14
1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford, published by Rodger Ludlow 
Jan 24
Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders 
Feb 7
Academie Francaise begins Dictionary of French Language 
Mar 13
Cambridge College renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard 
May 8
William Coddington founds Newport RI 
May 20
Dorchester Mass, forms 1st school funded by local taxes 
Jun 6
Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill 
Jun 10
1st American log cabin at Fort Christina (Wilmington Delaware) 
Jun 18
Treaty of Berwick: Ends the First Bishops' War between England and Scotland 
Jul 19
French troops occupy Salses, at Perpignan 
Aug 22
Madras (now Chennai), India, is founded by the British East India Company on a sliver of land bought from local Nayak rulers. 
Sep 12
Viceroy Thomas Wentworth sails back to England 
Sep 25
First printing press in America 
Sep 25
Suzuki Shosan, Samurai monk of Zen Buddhism, found awakening 
Oct 21
Sea battle at Dunes, Lt Admiral Maarten Tromp defeats Spanish armada under De Oquendo 
Nov 5
First post office in the colonies is set up in Massachusetts 
Nov 24
1st observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree - helped establish size of the Solar System 
Dec 3
1st annulment by court decree passes 
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