What Happened in 1612

Historical Events

  • Apr 11 Last public burning at the stake in England - Edward Wrightman for heresy in Lichfield
  • Aug 18 Pendle Witch trial begins with 10 people accused of witchcraft in Lancaster, England, key witness 9 year-old boy
  • Aug 20 9 Pendle witches hanged at Gallows Hill in Lancaster, England
  • Aug 29 Battle of Surat, India: English fleet beats Portuguese
  • Oct 28 Robert Dowland appointed court luitist of King James I
  • Nov 1 (22 October O.S.) Time of Troubles in Russia: Moscow, Kitai-gorod, is captured by Russian troops under command of Dmitry Pozharsky
  • Dec 15 German Astronomer Simon Marius is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope
  • Dec 28 First observation of Neptune - Galileo observes and records a "fixed star" without realising it is a planet

Famous People Born in 1612

  • Jan 7 Paul de La Pierre, French composer
  • Jan 17 Thomas Fairfax, Lord Fairfax, English Parliamentary general
  • Jan 31 Hendrik Casimir I, count of Nassau-Dietz/mayor of Frisia
  • Feb 6 Antoine Arnauld, French Roman Catholic theologian & philosopher & mathematician, born in Paris, France (d. 1694)
  • Feb 7 Thomas Killigrew, English humorist/playwright/leader (King's Men)

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Famous People in 1612

World Leaders in 1612

Famous People Who Died in 1612

  • Jan 4 Henry L Spieghel, Dutch merchant/writer, dies at 62
  • Jan 20 Rudolf II von Habsburg, Emperor of Germany (1576-1612), dies at 59
  • Jan 27 Maarten van Valckenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 77
  • Jan 28 Thomas Bodley, diplomat/founder (Bodleian Library), dies
  • Feb 6 Christopher Clavius, calendar reformer, dies (birth date unknown)

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