On This Day

What Happened in October 1608

Historical Events

  • Oct 2 Hans Lippershey applies for patent for first known early telescope in the Netherlands

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 15 Evangelista Torricelli, Italian physicist (inventor of barometer), born in Rome, Papal States (d. 1647)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 19 Martin Delrio, Flemish theologian and occultist, dies at 57
  • Oct 26 Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, Spanish royal painter, dies