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Events in History

  • Jan 12 Brazilian city Belem (the entrance gate to the Amazon) founded by Captain Major Francisco Branco
  • Jan 24 Dutch mariner Jacob Le Maire discovers Le Maire Strait, Tierra del Fuego

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Feb 26 Roman Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo demanding he abandon his belief in heliocentrism

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei

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Mar 5 Astronomical work 'de Revolutionibus' by Nicolaus Copernicus placed on Catholic Forbidden index

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus

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Mar 20 Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Explorer
Walter Raleigh
  • Apr 23 Netherlands buys De Briel/Vlissingen/Fort Rammekens from England

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Apr 30 King James I of England leaves Brielle/Vlissingen

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • May 3 Treaty of Loudun ends French civil war

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Jul 11 Samuel de Champlain returns to Quebec.

French Explorer Samuel de Champlain
French Explorer
Samuel de Champlain
  • Sep 15 First non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy
  • Oct 25 Dutch East India Company ship "The Eendracht" discovers Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia
  • Nov 20 Bishop Richelieu becomes French minister of Foreign affairs/War

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 13 Antoinette Bourignon, Flemish mystic/French religious fanatic
  • Jan 16 François de Vendôme, duc de Beaufort, French soldier (d. 1669)
  • Jan 30 William Sancroft, Archbishop (Canterbury)
  • May 24 John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale (d. 1682)
  • Oct 2 Andreas Gryphius, German lyric poet and dramatist, born in Glogau, Silesia (d. 1664)
  • Oct 20 Thomas Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian (d. 1680)
  • Nov 19 Eustache Le Sueur, French painter

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Nov 23 John Wallis, English mathematician and cryptographer who introduced ∞ as a symbol for infinity, born in Ashford, England (d. 1703)

Mathematician and Cryptographer John Wallis
Mathematician and Cryptographer
John Wallis

Deaths in History

  • Jan 6 Philip Henslowe, English theatrical entrepreneur (bc. 1550)
  • Feb 12 John Drusius, of Driesschen, Flemish Hebraist, dies at 65
  • Mar 6 Francis Beaumont, Elizabethan playwright, dies (birth date unknown)

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Apr 23 William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright (b. 1564) (Julian calendar) dies aged 52

  • Apr 23 El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Peruvian writer (b. 1539)

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Jun 1 Tokugawa Ieyasu, Japanese Shogun who founded the first Tokugawa Shogunate and united Japan, dies from natural causes

  • Jul 20 Hugh O'Neill, 3rd Earl of Tyrone, Irish soldier
  • Jul 25 Andreas Libavius, German alchemist, dies
  • Aug 7 Vincenzo Scamozzi, Italian architect (Procurazie Nuove, Venice), dies
  • Aug 8 Cornelis Ketel, Dutch portrait painter/poet, buried at 68
  • Aug 26 Johan van de Veeken, merchant/co-founder (VOC), dies at 66
  • Oct 10 Maria van Nassau, countess of Buren, dies at 60
  • Oct 17 John Pitts, Catholic scholar and writer. (b. 1560)
  • Oct 23 Leonhard Hutter, German theologian (b. 1563)
  • Nov 23 Richard Hakluyt, English writer (b. 1552)
  • Dec 10 Diogo do Couto, Portuguese historian/archivist of Goa, dies at 74
  • Dec 31 Jacques Le Maire, pirate/explorer (Lemaire Strait), dies at 31