On This Day

What Happened in January 1616

Historical Events

  • Jan 12 Brazilian city Belem (the entrance gate to the Amazon) founded by Captain Major Francisco Branco
  • Jan 24 Dutch mariner Jacob Le Maire discovers Le Maire Strait, Tierra del Fuego

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 13 Antoinette Bourignon, Flemish mystic/French religious fanatic
  • Jan 16 François de Vendôme, duc de Beaufort, French soldier (d. 1669)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 6 Philip Henslowe, English theatrical entrepreneur (bc. 1550)