1606 in History

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Events in History

  • Apr 12 England adopts the Union Flag, replaced in 1801 by current Union Flag/Union Jack
  • May 16 2,000 foreigners murdered in Russia
  • Jun 25 Alkmaarse clergy asks "Great Dertelheyt"
  • Jun 25 St Jansday is forbidden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 7 Possible first performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, performed in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace for King James I.

Playwright William Shakespeare
Playwright
William Shakespeare
King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • Oct 1 Spanish troops under Spinola occupies fort Rhine birch
  • Nov 11 Turkey & Austria sign Treaty of Zsitva-Torok
  • Dec 20 Virginia Company settlers leave London to establish Jamestown, Virginia

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 10 Christine Marie of France, regent of Savoy (d. 1663)
  • Feb 12 John Winthrop, the Younger, Governor of Connecticut (d. 1676)
  • Mar 3 Edmund Waller, England, poet (Penshust)
  • May 6 Lorenzo Lippi, [Perlone Zipoli], poet/painter
  • May 23 Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz, Spanish writer (d. 1682)
  • May 25 Charles Garnier, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)
  • Jun 6 Pierre Corneille, French dramatist (El Cid, Horace)
  • Jun 16 Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (d. 1675)
  • Jun 19 James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton, Scottish statesman (d. 1649)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 15 Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch painter (Night Watch), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1669)

  • Aug 18 Maria Anna of Spain, Holy Roman Empire Empress and Queen of Hungary, born in El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain (d. 1646)
  • Sep 22 Li Zicheng, Chinese rebel (d. 1645)
  • Oct 14 Johan Maetsuyker, Dutch governor-general of Ceylon (1653-78)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 12 Jeanne Mance, French-Canadian settler who founded the first hospital in North America, born in Langres, France (d. 1673)

Nurse and Settler of New France Jeanne Mance
Nurse and Settler of New France
Jeanne Mance
  • Nov 20 Abraham de Wicquefort, Dutch diplomat/historian
  • Nov 22 Pieter II de Jode, Flemish engraver/publisher

Deaths in History

  • Jan 28 Carolus Gallus [Karel de Haan], Dutch lawyer, pastor and vicar, dies at 85
  • Jan 30 Everard Digby, English conspirator (b. 1578)

BattleExecution

Jan 31 Guy Fawkes, English Catholic conspirator who was convicted in the "Gunpowder Plot" to blow up the British Parliament, executed at 35

English Catholic Conspirator Guy Fawkes
English Catholic Conspirator
Guy Fawkes
  • Mar 23 Justus Lipsius [Joost Lips], Dutch classic philologist, dies at 58
  • Apr 3 Charles Blount, 1st Earl of Devon, English politician (b. 1563)
  • May 3 Henry Garnet, English Jesuit (executed) (b. 1555)
  • May 17 Forges Dimitri #1, Tsar of Russia (1605-06), murdered
  • Sep 2 Carel van Mander, Flemish painter/art historian, dies at 58
  • Oct 5 Philippe Desportes, French poet (b. 1546)
  • Oct 8 John VI the Elder, Count of Nassau, father of 24, dies at 69
  • Nov 12 St. Nicholas Owen (martyr), one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
  • Nov 13 Geronimo Mercuriali, Italian philologist and physician (b. 1530)