What Happened in 1602

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Historical Events

  • Jan 2 Spanish force in Ireland surrender to the English army at Kinsdale
  • Mar 20 United Dutch East Indian Company (VOC) forms
  • May 15 Cape Cod discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold
  • May 21 Martha's Vineyard 1st sighted (Captain Bartholomew Gosnold)
  • Sep 20 Spanish held city of Grave surrenders to Maurice of Orange during Eighty Years' War
  • Nov 8 The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened
  • Dec 5 Giulio Caccini's "Euridice" premieres in Florence
  • Dec 11 Surprise attack by forces of the Duke of Savoy and his brother-in-law, Philip III of Spain repelled by citizens of Geneva. Commemorated since as FĂȘte de l'Escalade.

Did You Know?

The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened

On November 8, 1602


World Leaders in 1602

Famous People in 1602

Famous People Born in 1602

  • Jan 6 Karl Rabenhaupt, German/Dutch baron of Sucha/army leader
  • Feb 9 Franciscus van de Enden, Flemish jesuit/free thinker/tutor of Spinoza
  • Feb 14 Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer
  • Feb 18 Per Brahe (the younger), Swedish soldier (d. 1680)
  • Mar 7 Kano Tanju, Japanese painter (palaces, portraits)
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Famous Deaths

  • Feb 3 Paul Melissus, [Paul Schede], German poet/composer, dies at 62
  • Feb 13 Alexander Nowell, English churchman, dean of St Paul's, dies
  • Feb 19 Philippe Emmanuel, Duke of Mercoeur, French soldier (b. 1558)
  • Feb 25 Everard van Reyd, Dutch historian, dies at about 51
  • Mar 11 Emilio de' Cavalieri, Italian composer
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