On This Day

What Happened in April 1611

Historical Events

  • Apr 14 Word "telescope" is 1st used by Prince Federico Cesi

Historic Event

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 9 Giacomo Maria Predieri, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1695)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Gillis van Valkenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 72
  • Apr 23 Martin Ruland the Younger, German physician and alchemist, dies at 41