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Abel Tasman's itinerary
Abel Tasman is the first European to reach New Zealand .
Blaise Pascal
Blaise Pascal designs a calculating machine , the Pascaline .
Battle of Edgehill
The Battle of Edgehill , the first battle of
the English Civil War , ends without a decision.
1642 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 1090/91 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1634/35 (turn of the year 10/11 September)
Bengali solar calendar 1047/48 (beginning of April 14th or 15th)
Buddhist calendar 2185/86 (southern Buddhism); 2184/85 (alternative calculation according to Buddhas Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 72nd (73rd) cycle

Year of the water horse壬午 ( at the beginning of the year metal snake 辛巳)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 1004/05 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 3975/76 (October 2/3)
Iranian calendar 1020/21 (around March 21)
Islamic calendar 1051/52 (March 31 / April 1)
Jewish calendar 5402/03 (September 24/25)
Coptic calendar 1358/59 (September 10-11)
Malayalam calendar 817/818
Seleucid era Babylon: 1952/53 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 1953/54 (turn of the year October)

Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1698/99 (turn of the year April)


Politics and world events

British Islands

English Civil War
Frontlines in the English Civil War from 1642 to 1645
Contemporary caricature on the English Civil War
Irish Confederate Wars

Thirty Years' War

Cardinal Jules Mazarin in his palace

Further events in the empire

North America



  • The Portuguese conquer Wehale , the cultural and religious center of Timor . They now have control of most of the island . The Portuguese started a large-scale military operation under Fernandes to extend their control to the interior of the island. This procedure was justified with the protection of the Christianized rulers of the coastal region. The previous Christianization supports the Portuguese in their quick and brutal victory, as their influence on the Timorese has already weakened the resistance.

Australia / Oceania

First encounter with Māori


science and technology


Madeleine Béjart
  • The actress Madeleine Béjart meets the lawyer and theater fanatic Jean-Baptiste Poquelin and encourages him in his passion for the theater. A few years later he celebrated success as a dramatist under the name Molière .
Rembrandt: The Night Watch



  • Floods in China cost around 300,000 lives.

Historical maps and views


First half of the year

Second half of the year

Exact date of birth unknown

Born around 1642


Tomb of Galileo,
Santa Croce , Florence

First half of the year

Second half of the year

Philippe de Champaigne - Cardinal Richelieu on his death bed (1642)

Exact date of death unknown

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