On This Day

What Happened in April 1605

Famous Birthdays

  • 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 composer (Jephta), born in Marino, Rome (d. 1674)
  • Apr 19 Orazio Benevoli, Franco-Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1672)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 5 Adam Loftus, English Protestant archbishop in Ireland (c.1513)
  • Apr 6 John Stow, English historian (Survey of London), dies
  • Apr 23 Boris Godunov, chief adviser to Tsar Fyodor I and Tsar of Russia (1598-1605), dies after a lengthy illness and a stroke at approximately 20
  • Apr 25 Naresuan, King of Siam (b. 1555)
  • Apr 27 Leo XI, Italian Pope (1605), dies at 69