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What Happened in 1609

Important Events in 1609

  • May 20 Shakespeare's Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by publisher Thomas Thorpe
  • Jul 29 Samuel de Champlain shoots and kills two Iroquois chiefs at Ticonderoga, New York setting the stage for French-Iroquois conflicts for the next 150 years
  • Aug 8 Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope
  • Aug 25 Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers
  • Aug 28 English explorer Henry Hudson, discovers and explores Delaware Bay
  • Sep 4 Navigator Henry Hudson first European to discover island of Manhattan [or Sep 11]
  • Sep 11 Expulsion order announced against the Moriscos of Valencia; beginning of the expulsion of all Spain's Moriscos

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Children's rhyme "Three Blind Mice" published in London

On October 12, 1609

Famous People Born in 1609

  • Feb 10 John Suckling, English Cavalier poet/dramatist/courtier
  • Feb 18 Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, English PM (1660-67), born in Dinton, England (d. 1674)
  • Mar 16 Michael Franck, German composer, poet and baker, born in Schleusingen (d. 1667) [1]
  • Mar 18 Frederick III, King of Denmark and Norway (1648-70), born in Haderslev, Denmark (d. 1670)
  • Mar 22 John II Casimir Vasa [Jan Kazimierz], King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1648-68), born in Krak√≥w, Poland (d. 1672)

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Famous People Who Died in 1609

  • Jan 21 Joseph Justus Scaliger, French inventor of "Julian Period", dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Ferdinand I, cardinal/ruler of Toscane, dies
  • Feb 17 Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, dies at 59
  • Feb 28 Paul Sartorius, German composer, dies at 39
  • Mar 25 Olaus Martini, Swedish Archbishop of Uppsala (b. 1557)

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