On This Day

What Happened in July 1621

Historical Events

  • Jul 6 Dutch governor general John Pieterszoon Coen takes Banda islands, 15,000 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 8 Jean de la Fontaine, French poet (Fables), born in Ch√Ęteau-Thierry, Aisne, France (d. 1695)
  • Jul 22 Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st earl of Shaftesbury/minister (1660-73)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Thomas Harriot, English astronomer (1st person to draw map of the Moon with a telescope), dies at 61 or 62
  • Jul 10 Karel Bonaventura Buquoy, French soldier (b. 1571)
  • Jul 13 Albert VII, Archduke of Austria and cardinal-archbishop of Toledo, dies at 61