What Happened in 1619

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Significant Events

  • Jul 30 House of Burgesses Virginia forms, 1st elective American governing body
  • Aug 20 1st known African Americans in English North America (approx. 20) land at Point Comfort (Fort Monroe), Virginia. They are then sold or traded into servitude.
  • Nov 10 RenĂ© Descartes has the dream that inspire his "Meditations on First Philosophy"
  • Dec 4 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish, England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God. Considered by many the first Thanksgiving in the Americas.
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World Leaders in 1619

Famous People Born in 1619

  • Feb 24 Charles Le Brun, French artist (d. 1690)
  • Mar 6 Cyrano de Bergerac, French playwright (Voyage to the Moon), known for his large nose
  • Apr 21 Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Colony (Cape Town), born in Culemborg (d. 1677)
  • May 24 Philips Wouwerman(s), Dutch painter
  • Jun 7 Paulus Voet, Dutch jurist/historian
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Famous Deaths

  • Jan 7 Nicholas Hilliard, English painter (bc. 1547)
  • Feb 3 Henry Brooke, 11th Baron Cobham, English conspirator (b. 1564)
  • Feb 9 Lucilio Vanini, Italian philosopher (b. 1585)
  • Mar 1 Thomas Campion, English physician/composer/poet (Poemata), dies at 53
  • Mar 2 Anne of Denmark, daughter of Danish king Frederik II, dies at 44
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