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- December 1 - Portugal regains its independence from Spain and Joćo IV of Portugal becomes king. Spain does not recognize the indepedence before 1668
- Charles I summons and rapidly dismisses the Short Parliament in an attempt to fund the second of the Bishops Wars.
- November: The English Long Parliament is summoned.
- Change of Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from Murat IV (1623-1640) to Ibrahim I (1640-1648)
- First book printed in North America, the Bay Psalm Book
- First known European coffee house opens in Venice
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