The English Civil Wars Begin
The English Civil Wars (1642-1651) begins. The First English Civil War was fought in England and Wales, from August 1642 to June 1646. The war began when King Charles I of England sent soldiers to arrest five members of Parliament accused of treason, leading to Parliament raising its own armies against the King. It forms one of the conflicts known collectively as Wars of the Three Kingdoms, which also took place in Scotland and Ireland.
Virginia Makes it Illegal to Assist Slaves
Virginia law makes it illegal to assist escaping slaves.