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Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 16th century17th century18th century
Decades: 1610s  1620s  1630s  – 1640s –  1650s  1660s  1670s
Years: 1638 1639 164016411642 1643 1644
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1641 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 1641
Ab urbe condita 2394
Armenian calendar 1090
Assyrian calendar 6391
Bengali calendar 1048
Berber calendar 2591
English Regnal year 16 Cha. 1 – 17 Cha. 1
Buddhist calendar 2185
Burmese calendar 1003
Byzantine calendar 7149–7150
Chinese calendar 庚辰(Metal Dragon)
4337 or 4277
    — to —
辛巳年 (Metal Snake)
4338 or 4278
Coptic calendar 1357–1358
Discordian calendar 2807
Ethiopian calendar 1633–1634
Hebrew calendar 5401–5402
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 1697–1698
 - Shaka Samvat 1563–1564
 - Kali Yuga 4742–4743
Holocene calendar 11641
Igbo calendar 641–642
Iranian calendar 1019–1020
Islamic calendar 1050–1051
Japanese calendar Kan'ei 18
Julian calendar Gregorian minus 10 days
Korean calendar 3974
Minguo calendar 271 before ROC
Thai solar calendar 2183–2184

1641 (MDCXLI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (dominical letter F) of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Friday (dominical letter C) of the Julian calendar, the 1641st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 641st year of the 2nd millennium, the 41st year of the 17th century, and the 2nd year of the 1640s decade. Note that the Julian day for 1641 is 10 calendar days difference, which continued to be used from 1582 until the complete conversion of the Gregorian calendar was entirely done in 1929.




Date unknown

  • The Dutch found a trading colony on Dejima, near Nagasaki, Japan.
  • Portugal is ousted from Malacca by the Dutch.
  • Moses Amyraut's De l'elevation de la foy et de l'abaissement de la raison en la creance des mysteres de la religion is published.
  • René Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy is originally published.
  • The Swedish town of Falun is given city rights by Queen Kristina.
  • English law makes witchcraft a capital crime.
  • A massive epidemic breaks out in northern and central China, just 3 years before the fall of the Ming dynasty. It races south down along the Grand Canal of China and the densely populated settlements there, from the northern terminus at Beijing, to the fertile Jiangnan region. In some local areas and towns it wipes out 90% of the local populace.




  1. BBC History, July 2011, p. 12.