On This Day

What Happened in August 1609

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope

Astronomer and Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer and Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • Aug 25 Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

Aug 28 English explorer Henry Hudson, discovers and explores Delaware Bay

Explorer Henry Hudson
Explorer
Henry Hudson

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 6 Richard Bennett, English Colonial Governor of Virginia, born in Wiveliscombe, Somerset (d. 1675)
  • Aug 29 Sassoferrato [Giovanni B Salvi], Italian painter (Madonna), born in Sassoferrato, Marche, Italy (d. 1685)
  • Aug 30 Artus Quellinus, Flemish sculptor (Amsterdam townhall), born in Antwerp (d. 1668)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 7 Eustache du Caurroy, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 22 Maharal of Prague, Jewish mystic and philosopher (b. 1525)