Historical Events in 1620

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  • Feb 4 Prince Bethlen Gabor of Hungary signs peace with Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II
  • May 17 1st merry-go-round seen at a fair (Philippapolis, Turkey)
  • Jun 3 Construction of the oldest stone church in French North America, Notre-Dame-des-Anges, begins at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
  • Jul 31 Pilgrim Fathers depart Leiden for England before heading to America

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Aug 7 Johannes Kepler's mother arrested for witchcraft

Astronomer Johannes Kepler
Astronomer
Johannes Kepler
  • Aug 7 Battle at Ponts-the-Ce, Poitou: French king Louis XIII beats his mother Marie de Medici
  • Aug 15 Mayflower sets sail from Southampton, England, with 102 Pilgrims
  • Sep 6 1st stones layed in Western Tower
  • Sep 6 The Mayflower departs Plymouth, England with 102 Pilgrims and about 30 crew for the New World
  • Sep 15 Mayflower departs from Plymouth England with 102 pilgrims [OS May 8]

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Sep 20 Battle at Jassy: Turks beat king Sigismund III of Poland

  • Nov 3 Great Patent granted to Plymouth Colony
  • Nov 8 Battle of White Mountain, Prague
  • Nov 9 After a month of delays off the English coast and about two months at sea, the Mayflower spots land (Cape Cod)

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Nov 15 Myles Standish leads 16 men in a foot exploration of the northern portion of Cape Cod

Military Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles Standish
Military Leader of Plymouth Colony
Myles Standish
  • Nov 19 Mayflower reaches Cape Cod & explores the coast
  • Nov 21 Pilgrim Fathers reach America: Provincetown Harbor, Mass
  • Nov 21 Mayflower Compact signed by Pilgrims at Cape Cod, [O.S. Nov 11]
  • Dec 2 English language newspaper "Namloos" begins publishing in Amsterdam
  • Dec 11 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock (12/21 NS)
  • Dec 11 Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became known as the "First Encounter"
  • Dec 21 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock [OS=Dec 11]
  • Dec 21 Mayflower Pilgrims arrive in Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Dec 23 French huguenots declare war on King Louis XIII

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Dec 26 Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Báthory's crimes and serial murders are uncovered

Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History Elizabeth Báthory
Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History
Elizabeth Báthory