1621 in History

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Events in History

  • Jan 13 Jan Pieterszoon Coen's fleet sets sail to Moluccas (from Jacarta)
  • Feb 9 Alexander Ludovisi is elected Pope Gregory XV (-1623)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 17 Myles Standish is elected as the first commander of the Plymouth Colony

Military Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles Standish
Military Leader of Plymouth Colony
Myles Standish
  • Mar 4 Jacarta, Java, renamed Batavia
  • Mar 7 John Pieterszoon Coen's troops land on Lontor, East Indies
  • Mar 16 Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth Mass
  • Mar 22 Hugo de Grote escapes in bookcase from Loevenstein castle, Neth
  • Apr 5 Mayflower sails from Plymouth on a return trip to England
  • Apr 9 Spain & Netherlands 12 Year Resistant Pact ends
  • Apr 15 Hugo the Great arrives in France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 3 Francis Bacon accused of bribery

Statesman/Philosopher Francis Bacon
Statesman/Philosopher
Francis Bacon
  • May 24 The Protestant Union is formally dissolved.
  • May 31 Sir Francis Bacon imprisoned in the Tower of London for 1 night
  • Jun 3 Dutch West India Company (WIC) receives charter for The West Indies (The Americas, Caribbean and West Africa)
  • Jun 25 French government army occupies Fort St Jean d'Angély at La Rochelle
  • Jul 6 Dutch governor general John Pieterszoon Coen takes Banda islands, 15,000 die
  • Sep 15 Swedish troops occupy Riga

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 21 King James I of England gives Sir Alexander Sterling royal charter for colonisation of Nova Scotia

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Sep 28 Battle at Chocim Dniester: King Sigismund III Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth defeats an invading Ottoman Imperial army

  • Oct 9 Turkey & Poland signs Peace of Chotin
  • Nov 19 Rabbi Isaiah ben Abraham aha-Levi Horowitz arrives in Israel
  • Dec 13 Emperor Ferdinand II delegates 1st anti-Reformation decree
  • Dec 18 English parliament accept unanimously, Protestation
  • Dec 25 Gov William Bradford of Plymouth Colony (now in Massachusetts) forbids game playing on Christmas
  • Dec 30 English king James I cracks Protestation of Parliament
  • Dec 31 Hungarian King Bethlen Gabor/Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Mikulov

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 27 Thomas Willis, English physician (d. 1675)
  • Feb 2 Johannes Schefferus, Alsatian-born humanist (d. 1679)
  • Feb 14 Sybilla Schwarz, German baroque poet, born in Greifswald (d. 1638)
  • Mar 31 Andrew Marvell, England, poet (To His Coy Mistress)
  • Apr 23 William Penn, English admiral (d. 1670)
  • Apr 25 Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist (d. 1679)
  • Jul 8 Jean de la Fontaine, French poet (Fables)
  • Jul 22 Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st earl of Shaftesbury/minister (1660-73)
  • Aug 19 Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Dutch painter (d. 1674)
  • Sep 5 Juan Andrés Coloma, Spanish noble (d. 1694)
  • Sep 8 Louis II Condé, [Great Condé], duke of Bourbon (Rocroy)
  • Oct 8 Maximilian H of Bayern, prince-bishop of Liege/bishop of Hildesheim
  • Nov 3 Renatus Rapinus, [René Rapin], French jesuit/poet (Hortorum libri IV)
  • Nov 20 Avvakum, Russian priest and writer (d. 1682)
  • Dec 23 Edmund Berry Godfrey, English magistrate (d. 1678)
  • Dec 23 Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham, Lord Chancellor of England (d. 1682)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 28 Pope Paul V [Camillo Borghese], 233rd pope (1605-21) and persecutor of Galileo, dies at 68
  • Feb 28 Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1590)
  • Mar 31 Philip III, King of Spain (1598-1621), dies at 42
  • Apr 1 Cristofano Allori, Italian painter (b. 1577)
  • Apr 15 John Carver, first governor of Plymouth Colony
  • May 15 Henrick de Keyser, Amsterdam's master builder, dies at 56
  • Jun 8 Anne de Xainctonge, French saint (b. 1567)
  • Jul 2 Thomas Harriot, English astronomer
  • Jul 10 Karel Bonaventura Buquoy, French soldier (b. 1571)
  • Jul 13 Albrecht/Albertus, archduke of Austria, dies at 61
  • Aug 3 Guillaume du Vair, French writer (b. 1556)
  • Aug 15 John Barclay, Scottish writer (b. 1582)
  • Sep 17 Roberto Bellarmino, Italian saint (Doctor of the Church), dies at 78
  • Sep 24 Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Polish military commander (b. 1560)
  • Oct 8 Antoine de Montchrétien, French dramatist
  • Nov 26 Radulph Agas, English surveyor (C. 1540)
  • Dec 13 Katarina Stenbock, Queen of Gustav I of Sweden (b. 1535)
  • Dec 15 Charles d'albert duke of Luynes/PM of France, dies at 43
  • Dec 30 Saint Job of Maniava, Ukrainian Orthodox Saint (b. 1550)