May 1609 in History

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Events in History


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May 20 Shakespeare's Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.

  • May 23 Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place.

Birthdays in History

  • May 16 Ferdinand, Austria, cardinal of Spain/governor of Netherlands

Deaths in History

  • May 26 Cornelis Claesz, mapmaker, buried