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What Happened in 1611

Historical Events in 1611

  • Mar 4 George Abbot appointed Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Apr 14 Word "telescope" is 1st used by Prince Federico Cesi
  • Apr 20 First known performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre, London, recorded by Simon Forman
  • Apr 28 Establishment of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines, oldest existing university in Asia and largest Catholic university in the world
  • May 23 Matthias von Habsburg chosen King of Bohemia
  • Jun 13 John Fabricius dedicates earliest sunspot publication
  • Jun 22 Henry Hudson set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery and never seen again
  • Aug 11 Emperor Rudolf forces out king of Bohemia
  • Oct 30 Gustaaf II Adolf (17) becomes king of Sweden
  • Nov 1 Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Tempest" first presented

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First known performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre, London, recorded by Simon Forman

On April 20, 1611


Famous People in 1611

World Leaders in 1611

Famous People Who Died in 1611

  • Feb 8 Jan H Van Linschoten, traveller/writer (Reys-Gheschrift), dies
  • Mar 5 Shimazu Yoshihisa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1533)
  • Apr 1 Gillis van Valkenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 72
  • Apr 23 Martin Ruland the Younger, German physician and alchemist, dies at 41
  • Jun 8 Jean Bertaut, French poet (b. 1552)

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