On This Day

What Happened in 1623

Historical Events

  • Feb 25 Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria becomes monarch of Palts
  • Mar 5 1st American temperance law enacted, Virginia
  • Apr 29 11 Dutch ships depart for the conquest of Peru
  • Jun 14 1st breach-of-promise lawsuit: Rev Gerville Pooley, Virginia files against Cicely Jordan, he loses
  • Aug 6 Maffeo Barberini elected Pope Urban VIII
  • Nov 1 Fire at Plymouth, Massachusetts, destroys several buildings
  • Dec 5 First copies purchased of William Shakespeare's First Folio, collecting his plays posthumously into one volume, bought by Edward Dering

World Leaders in 1623

Famous People Who Died in 1623

  • Jan 14 Paolo Sarpi, Italian church historian and politician, dies at 70
  • Feb 8 Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician, dies at 80
  • Mar 19 Uesugi Kagekatsu, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1556)
  • Jun 16 Christian, Duke of Brunswick-L├╝neburg-Wolfenb├╝ttel, German Protestant military leader (b. 1599)
  • Jul 4 William Byrd, English composer (Ave verum corpus), dies at 80

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