On This Day

Famous People Born in 1608

  • Jan 28 Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, mathematician/astronomer, born in Naples, Italy
  • Feb 5 Gaspar Schott, German mathematician (d. 1666)
  • Feb 6 Antonio Vieira, Portuguese diplomat & preacher, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1697)
  • Apr 25 Gaston, Duke of Orleans, brother of French King Louis XIII, born in Palace of Fontainebleau, France (d. 1660)
  • May 15 RenĂ© Goupil, French Catholic missionary (Canadian Martyrs) (d. 1642)
  • Jun 19 Thomas Fuller, British scholar, preacher and historian (History of the Worthies of Britain), born in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire (d. 1661)
  • Jul 13 Ferdinand III, King of Hungary & Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor (1637-57), born in Graz, Duchy of Styria (d. 1657)
  • Jul 14 George Goring, Lord Goring, English royalist soldier (d. 1657)
  • Sep 1 Giacomo Torelli, Italian stage designer and engineer, born in Fano, Italy
  • Sep 3 Pieter Stockmans, Flemish chairman of military
  • Oct 15 Evangelista Torricelli, Italian physicist (inventor of barometer), born in Rome, Papal States (d. 1647)
  • Dec 6 George Monck, English general, born in Great Potheridge, England (d. 1670)

Person of interestJohn Milton

Dec 9 John Milton, English poet and puritan (Paradise Lost), born in London, England (d. 1674)