On This Day

What Happened in January 1622

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Papal Chancery adopts Jan 1 as beginning of the year (was Mar 25)
  • Jan 6 Pope Gregory XV forms Congregatio the Propagande Fide
  • Jan 7 Germany & Transylvania sign Peace of Nikolsburg

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Isaac Sweers, Dutch Admiral/general/Civil rights activist
  • Jan 15 Molière [Jean-Baptiste Poquelin], French playwright (The Misanthrope), born in Paris, Kingdom of France (d. 1673)
  • Jan 20 Susanna van Baerle, Dutch poet/wife of Geeraert Burns
  • Jan 28 Adrien Auzout, French astronomer (d. 1691)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 23 William Baffin, English explorer, dies of a gunshot wound at about 38