What Happened in 1597

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Significant Events

  • Apr 23 William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance
  • Aug 20 1st Dutch East India Company ships return from the Far East
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World Leaders in 1597

Famous People in 1597

Famous People Born in 1597

  • Jan 12 Fran├žois Duquesnoy, French sculptor (d. 1643)
  • Jan 31 John Francis Regis, French saint (d. 1640)
  • Feb 24 Vincent Voiture, French poet (d. 1648)
  • Mar 1 Jean-Charles de la Faille, Belgian mathematician (d. 1652)
  • Apr 9 John Davenport, Connecticut pioneer (d. 1670)
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Famous Weddings

  • Nov 7 Emilia of Nassau weds Dom Emanuel of Portugal

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 29 Elias Ammerbach, German organist (b. 1530)
  • Feb 2 Lucas van Valckenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 61
  • Feb 15 Pieter J Kies, Dutch mayor of Haarlem (1572-73), dies at about 66
  • Mar 10 Petrus Forestus, Dutch physician (Willem of Orange), dies
  • May 20 Dutch commander Matthijs Heldt, dies in battle
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