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Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 16th century17th century18th century
Decades: 1610s  1620s  1630s  – 1640s –  1650s  1660s  1670s
Years: 1639 1640 164116421643 1644 1645
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1642 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 1642
Ab urbe condita 2395
Armenian calendar 1091
Assyrian calendar 6392
Bengali calendar 1049
Berber calendar 2592
English Regnal year 17 Cha. 1 – 18 Cha. 1
Buddhist calendar 2186
Burmese calendar 1004
Byzantine calendar 7150–7151
Chinese calendar 辛巳(Metal Snake)
4338 or 4278
    — to —
壬午年 (Water Horse)
4339 or 4279
Coptic calendar 1358–1359
Discordian calendar 2808
Ethiopian calendar 1634–1635
Hebrew calendar 5402–5403
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 1698–1699
 - Shaka Samvat 1564–1565
 - Kali Yuga 4743–4744
Holocene calendar 11642
Igbo calendar 642–643
Iranian calendar 1020–1021
Islamic calendar 1051–1052
Japanese calendar Kan'ei 19
Julian calendar Gregorian minus 10 days
Korean calendar 3975
Minguo calendar 270 before ROC
Thai solar calendar 2184–2185

1642 (MDCXLII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (dominical letter E) of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Saturday (dominical letter B) of the Julian calendar, the 1642nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 642nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 42nd year of the 17th century, and the 3rd year of the 1640s decade. Note that the Julian day for 1642 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.




Abel Tasman sights New Zealand.

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  • The Dutch drive Spain from Taiwan.
  • The village of Bro (Broo) in Sweden is granted the city rights for the second time and takes the name Kristinehamn (literally "Christina's port") after the then Swedish monarch, Queen Christina.




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