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This article is about the year 1641.
|Centuries:||16th century – 17th century – 18th century|
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|Years:||1638 1639 1640 – 1641 – 1642 1643 1644|
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|Ab urbe condita||2394|
|English Regnal year||16 Cha. 1 – 17 Cha. 1|
|Chinese calendar||庚辰年 (Metal Dragon)
4337 or 4277
— to —
辛巳年 (Metal Snake)
4338 or 4278
|- Vikram Samvat||1697–1698|
|- Shaka Samvat||1563–1564|
|- Kali Yuga||4742–4743|
|Japanese calendar||Kan'ei 18
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 10 days|
|Minguo calendar||271 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2183–2184|
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- January 4 – Major eruption of the stratovolcano Mount Parker (Philippines).
- January 18 – Pau Claris proclaims the Catalan Republic.
- February 16 – King Charles I of England gives his assent to the Triennial Act, reluctantly committing himself to parliamentary sessions of at least fifty days every three years.
- July 5
- July 12 – Portugal and the Dutch Republic sign a Treaty of Offensive and Defensive Alliance. The treaty is not respected by both parties and as a consequence it has no effect in the Portuguese colonies (Brazil and Angola) that are under Dutch rule.
- August 10 – Charles I of England flees London for the north.
- October – Irish Rebellion of 1641: The Gaelic Irish in Ulster revolt against Scottish settlers.
- November 4 – A Dutch fleet, with Michiel de Ruyter as third in command, beats back a Spanish-Dunkirker fleet in an action at Cape St Vincent.
- November 22 – The Long Parliament passes the Grand Remonstrance, part of a series of legislation designed to contain Charles I's absolutist tendencies.
- 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.
- January 13 – Patrick Hume, 1st Earl of Marchmont, Scottish statesman (d. 1724)
- January 18 – François-Michel le Tellier, Marquis de Louvois, French war minister (d. 1691)
- February 2 – Claude de la Colombière, French Jesuit priest and saint (d. 1682)
- February 3 – Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp (d. 1695)
- February 4 – Jerolim Kavanjin, Croatian poet (d. 1714)
- February 8 – Richard Jones, 1st Earl of Ranelagh, Irish politician (d. 1712)
- February 8 – Robert Knox, English sea captain in the British East India Company (d. 1720)
- February 24 – Gabriel Tammelin, Lutheran clergyman (d. 1695)
- March 15 – Hyeonjong of Joseon, 18th monarch of the Korean Joseon Dynasty (d. 1675)
- March 19 – Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulsi, Muslim scholar (d. 1731)
- April 4 – Sir James Oxenden, 2nd Baronet, politician (d. 1708)
- April 8
- April 15 – Robert Sibbald, Scottish physician and antiquarian (d. 1722)
- May – Juan Núñez de la Peña, Spanish historian (d. 1721)
- May 8 – Nicolaes Witsen, Mayor of Amsterdam (d. 1717)
- May 16 – Dudley North, English economist, merchant and politician (d. 1691)
- May 18 – Olimpia Giustiniani, Italian noblewoman (d. 1729)
- May 28 – Johann Weikhard von Valvasor, Slovenian polymath (d. 1693)
- May 31 – Patriarch Dositheos II of Jerusalem, Greek Orthodox Patriarch (d. 1707)
- June 15 – Bernard de la Monnoye, French lawyer (d. 1728)
- June 19 – Jan Claus, leading Quaker in Amsterdam (d. 1729)
- June 28 – Marie Casimire Louise de La Grange d'Arquien (d. 1716)
- June 29 – Pierre Cholonec, French Jesuit missionary and biographer in New France (d. 1723)
- June 30 – Meinhardt Schomberg, 3rd Duke of Schomberg, English general (d. 1719)
- July 9 – Jan Jansen Bleecker, Mayor of Albany, New York (d. 1732)
- July 14 – William Boynton, English politician (d. 1689)
- July 29 – Sir William Thomas, 1st Baronet, Member of the English Parliament (d. 1706)
- July 30 – Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist (d. 1673)
- August 2 – Jacob Bobart the Younger, English Botanist (d. 1719)
- August 3 – Hildebrand Alington, 5th Baron Alington, Irish peer (d. 1723)
- August 5 – John Hathorne, American magistrate (d. 1717)
- August 28 – Henry, Prince of Nassau-Dillenburg (d. 1701)
- September – Nehemiah Grew, biologist (d. 1712)
- September 1 – Jean Barbier d'Aucour, French lawyer and satirist (d. 1694)
- September 5 – Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland, English diplomat (d. 1702)
- September 7 – Tokugawa Ietsuna, Tokugawa shogun (d. 1680)
- September 16 – Julius Francis, Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg (d. 1689)
- September 20 – Henri Arnaud, pastor of the Waldensians in Piedmont (d. 1721)
- September 22 – Titus van Rijn, Dutch art dealer (d. 1668)
- September 26 – Nehemiah Grew, English plant anatomist and physiologist (d. 1712)
- October 1 – Hans Adam von Schöning, German general (d. 1696)
- October 5 – Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, mistress of Louis XIV of France (d. 1707)
- October 6 – Sir William Maynard, 1st Baronet, English politician (d. 1685)
- October 10 – Wolfgang Printz, German composer (d. 1717)
- October 14 – Joachim Tielke, German musical instrument maker (d. 1719)
- October 14 – Dorothea Maria of Saxe-Weimar, Duchess of Saxe-Zeitz (d. 1675)
- November 5 – Empress Xiaohuizhang, Qing Dynasty empress and consort of the Shunzhi Emperor of China (d. 1717)
- November 10 – Edward Lake, English churchman (d. 1704)
- November 14 – Albert Anton, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (d. 1710)
- November 17 – André, marquis de Nesmond, French naval commander (d. 1702)
- November 23 – Anthonie Heinsius, Dutch statesman (d. 1720)
- December 7 – Louis, Count of Armagnac, French noble (d. 1718)
- December 11 – Jean-Louis Bergeret, holder of the 8th seat of the Académie française (d. 1694)
- December 20 – Urban Hjärne, Scholar (d. 1724)
- date unknown
- January 3 – Jeremiah Horrocks, English astronomer (b. c. 1618)
- January 11 – Juan de Jáuregui, Spanish poet and painter (b. 1583)
- March 8 – Xu Xiake, Chinese adventurer and geographer (b. 1587)
- April 13 – Richard Montagu, English clergyman (b. 1577)
- April 15 – Domenico Zampieri (Domenichino), Italian painter (b. 1581)
- April 27 – Wilhelm von Rath, German soldier and scholar (b. 1585)
- May 10 – Johan Banér, Swedish soldier (b. 1596)
- May 12 – Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, English statesman (b. 1593)
- July 4 – Pedro Teixeira, Portuguese explorer
- August 9 – Augustine Baker, Welsh Benedictine mystic (b. 1575)
- August 16 – Thomas Heywood, English playwright
- September 10 – Ambrose Barlow, English Catholic martyr (b. 1585) (executed)
- October 31 – Cornelis Jol, Dutch naval commander and privateer (b. 1597)
- November 9
- December 9 – Sir Anthony van Dyck, Flemish painter (b. 1599)
- date unknown
- BBC History, July 2011, p12