1612 in History

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Events in History

  • Aug 29 Battle of Surat, India: English fleet beats Portuguese

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 28 Robert Dowland appointed court luitist of King James I

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • Nov 1 (22 October O.S.) Time of Troubles in Russia: Moscow, Kitai-gorod, is captured by Russian troops under command of Dmitry Pozharsky
  • Dec 15 German Astronomer Simon Marius is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 28 First observation of Neptune - Galileo observes and records a "fixed star" without realising it is a planet

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 17 Thomas Fairfax, Lord Fairfax, English Parliamentary general
  • Jan 31 Hendrik Casimir I, count of Nassau-Dietz/mayor of Frisia
  • Feb 6 Antoine Arnauld, [Grand Arnauld], French lawyer/theologist
  • Feb 8 Samuel Butler, England, poet/satirist (Hudibras) (baptized)
  • Feb 22 George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, English statesman (d. 1677)
  • Feb 28 John Pearson, English theologian (d. 1686)
  • Jun 23 Justus G Schottel, [Schottelius], German poet
  • Jun 23 André Tacquet, Belgian mathematician (d. 1660)
  • Jun 25 John Albert Vasa, Polish bishop (d. 1634)
  • Jul 27 Murad IV, sultan of Turkey (1623-40)/conquered Baghdad
  • Aug 28 Marcus Zuerius van Boxhorn, Dutch scholar, born in Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands (d. 1653)
  • Sep 25 Mark Zuesius Boxhorn, Dutch historian, born in Bergen-op-Zoom, The Netherlands (d. 1653)
  • Sep 28 Michel Anguier, French sculptor
  • Oct 25 James Graham, Marquis of Montrose "the Great Montrose", Scottish general and poet (d. 1650)
  • Nov 17 Dorgon, Manchu prince (d. 1650)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Henry L Spieghel, Dutch merchant/writer, dies at 62
  • Jan 20 Rudolf II von Habsburg, emperor of Germany (1576-1612), dies at 59
  • Jan 27 Maarten van Valckenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 77
  • Jan 28 Thomas Bodley, diplomat/founder (Bodleian Library), dies
  • Feb 6 Christopher Clavius, calendar reformer, dies (birth date unknown)
  • Feb 17 Ernst of Bayern, prince/bishop of Luik/archbish Cologne, dies at 57
  • Feb 17 Jodocus Hondius, Flemish cartoonist/mathematician, dies at 48
  • Mar 14 Philip Galle, Flemish engraver, dies at about 74
  • Apr 11 Edward Wightman, English Baptist preacher (b. 1566)
  • Apr 13 Sasaki Kojirō, Japanese samurai
  • Apr 18 Emanuel Van Meteren, merchant/historian, dies
  • May 24 Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and English Prime Minister (1598-1612), dies at 48
  • Jun 13 Charles van Croij, prince of Chimay/Duke of Aarschot, dies at 51
  • Jul 24 Ottavio M Frangipani, Pope elect, dies
  • Jul 29 Jacques Bongars, French scholar and diplomat (b. 1554)
  • Aug 4 Hugh Broughton, English scholar (b. 1549)
  • Sep 9 Nakagawa Hidenari, Japanese warlord (b. 1570)
  • Sep 12 Tsar Vasili IV of Russia (b. 1552)
  • Sep 27 Piotr Skarga, Polish theology/PM (Sanctity of Life), dies at 76
  • Oct 7 Menso Alting, Dutch reformed vicar/theologist, dies at 70
  • Nov 20 John Harington, English writer (b. 1561)