On This Day

What Happened in March 1621

Historical Events

  • Mar 4 Jacarta, Java, renamed Batavia
  • Mar 7 John Pieterszoon Coen's troops land on Lontor, East Indies
  • Mar 16 Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Mar 22 Dutch jurist Hugo de Groot (Hugo Grotius) escapes in book chest from Loevestein Castle in the Netherlands

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 7 Georg Neumark, German composer and poet, born in Langensalza (d. 1681)
  • Mar 28 Heinrich Schwemmer, German composer, born in Gumpertshausen bei Hallburg, Lower Franconia (d. 1696)
  • Mar 31 Andrew Marvell, English poet (To His Coy Mistress), born in Winestead, England (d. 1678)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 31 Philip III, King of Spain & Portugal (1598-1621), dies at 42