On This Day

What Happened in July 1609

Historical Events

  • Jul 6 Majesteitsbrief: Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemia freedom of religion
  • Jul 9 Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemian protestants freedom of religion
  • Jul 10 Catholic German monarchy forms Catholic League
  • Jul 20 Emperor Rudolf II grants Silezische protestants freedom of religion
  • Jul 26 English mathematician Thomas Harriot is the first person to draw a map of the Moon by looking through a telescope
  • Jul 28 Admiral George Somers settles in Bermuda

Historic Event

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 27 Heinrich Pape, German composer and organist, born in Ratzeburg (d. 1663)
  • Jul 28 Judith Leyster, Dutch painter, born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, baptism date (d. 1660)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 15 Annibale Carracci, Italian painter, dies at 48
  • Jul 20 Federico Zuccari, Italian Mannerist painter, dies at about 69