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What Happened in 1607

Historical Events

  • Jan 13 The Bank of Genoa fails after announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain
  • Jan 19 San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; the oldest church in the Philippines
  • Jan 30 Massive flooding in England destroys around 200 square miles of coastline and results in approximately 2,000 casualties
  • Feb 24 Claudio Monteverdi's opera "L'Orfeo" premieres in Mantua, oldest opera still regularly performed
  • Apr 10 The British colonial expedition that would found Jamestown departs Puerto Rico for the American mainland
  • Apr 25 Battle at Gibraltar: Dutch fleet beats Spanish Portuguese fleet
  • Apr 25 Shortly before making landfall in America, Captain Edward Maria Wingfield is named President of the Jamestown governing council
  • Apr 26 Jamestown expedition makes first landing in America at a place named Cape Henry, in what would become Virginia, but they quickly depart for a better site
  • May 13 English colonists led by John Smith make a second landing near James River in Virginia
  • May 14 English colonists establish the 1st permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown. Unknown to them they have landed amidst the worst drought in 800 years.
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1607 in Music

  • Feb 24 Claudio Monteverdi's opera "L'Orfeo" premieres in Mantua, oldest opera still regularly performed

Famous People Born in 1607

  • Jan 10 Isaac Jogues, French Jesuit missionary & martyr, born in OrlĂ©ans, France (d. 1646)
  • Jan 31 James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby
  • Feb 9 Abraham Megerle, Austrian organist, composer, and Kapellmeister, born in Wasserburg am Inn (d. 1680)
  • Mar 1 Giovanni Francesco Milanta, Italian composer and organist, born in Parma
  • Mar 8 Johann von Rist, German composer and poet known for his hymns, born in Ottensen, Holstein (d. 1667)

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Famous People in 1607

World Leaders in 1607

Famous People Who Died in 1607

  • Feb 23 Herman Herbertsz, vicar, dies at about 60
  • Mar 11 Giovanni Maria Nanino, Italian composer
  • Apr 15 Cornelius Kilianus, Flemish translator & poet, dies at ~78
  • Apr 25 Don Juan Alvarez, Spanish Admiral (Gibraltar), dies in battle
  • Apr 25 Jacob van Heemskerck, Dutch Admiral (Nova Zambia), dies in battle

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