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Events in History

  • Feb 5 A group of early Japanese Christians are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society.
  • Feb 24 Flemish painter Frederick of Valckenborch becomes porter of Frankfurt-on-Main
  • Mar 11 Land guardian Albrecht occupies Amiens on France
  • Mar 12 England routes troops to Amiens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 23 William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance

Playwright William Shakespeare
Playwright
William Shakespeare
Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • Jun 14 At 4:30 AM Willem Barents leaves Novaya Zemlya for Netherlands
  • Jun 24 Cornelis de Houtman's fleet reaches Bantam, West Java
  • Aug 11 Germany throws out English sales people
  • Aug 14 Cornelis de Houtmans fleet is 1st Dutch visit to Java
  • Aug 20 1st Dutch East India Company ships return from the Far East
  • Sep 16 French troops chase away Albrecht of Austria
  • Sep 25 Amiens surrenders to French King Henri IV
  • Oct 9 Earl Mauritius occupies Breevoort

Birthdays in History

  • 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)
  • Jun 9 Pieter J Saenredam, architecture painter
  • Jul 31 Sebastian Stosskopf, Elzassisch painter, baptized
  • Aug 21 Roger Twysden, English antiquarian and royalist (d. 1672)
  • Nov 19 Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate, Electress of Bavaria (d. 1660)
  • Dec 23 Martin Opitz, Germany, poet "Father of Modern German Poetry"

Weddings in History

  • Nov 7 Emilia of Nassau weds Dom Emanuel of Portugal

Deaths in History

  • 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
  • Jun 2 Diederik Sonoy, German/Neth governor of Northern quarter, dies at 67
  • Jun 9 Jose de Anchieta, Spanish jesuit/missionary, dies
  • Jun 20 Willem Barentsz/Barents, Dutch navigator. Barents Sea named after him
  • Jul 20 Franciscus Raphelengius [French of Ravelingen], Neth publisher, dies
  • Oct 4 Sarsa Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1550)
  • Oct 9 Ashikaga Yoshiaki, Japanese shogun (b. 1537)
  • Dec 18 Barbara Blomberg, German mistress of emperor Karel, dies at 67
  • Dec 21 Petrus Canisius, Dutch jesuit/saint, dies at 76