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What Happened in 1605

Historical Events

  • Jan 16 The first edition of "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha" (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid
  • Nov 5 Gunpowder Plot: Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes attempts to blow up King James I and the British Parliament. Plot discovered, Guy Fawkes caught, tortured and later executed along with seven others. Celebrated ever since as Guy Fawkes Day, where his effigy is traditionally burned on a bonfire, accompanied by fireworks.
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Famous People Born in 1605

  • Feb 1 Isaac Aboab da Fonseca, Portuguese rabbi, scholar and writer, born in Castro Daire, Portugal (d. 1693)
  • Apr 8 Louis de Vadder, Flemish painter, born in Brussels (d. 1655)
  • Apr 8 Philip IV, King of Spain & Portugal (1621-65), born in Royal Palace of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain (d. 1665)
  • Apr 18 Giacomo Carissimi, Italian organist, choral director, composer (Jephta), and priest, baptized in Marino, Rome (d. 1674)
  • Apr 19 Orazio Benevoli, Franco-Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1672)

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