On This Day

What Happened in August 1628

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Emperor Ferdinand II demands Austria Protestant convert to Catholicism

Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II
Holy Roman Emperor
Ferdinand II

Sinking ShipThe Sinking of the Vasa

Aug 10 Swedish warship Vasa sinks in Stockholm, killing 30

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Swedish warship Vasa sinking in Stockholm harbor
Swedish warship Vasa sinking in Stockholm harbor
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  • Aug 25 Assault on sultan of Mantarams of Batavia
  • Aug 27 Java: Sultan Agung of Mataram attacks Batavia

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 29 John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath, English royalist statesman (d. 1701)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Francesco Gonzaga, Italian composer, dies at 37
  • Aug 6 Johannes Junius, Mayor of Bamberg (b. 1573)
  • Aug 10 Hans Jonsson, Swedish fleet commander, drowned

MurderGeorge Villiers

Aug 23 George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham and English courtier who was a favorite of King James I, assassinated by army officer John Felton at 35

Courtier and Statesman George Villiers
Courtier and Statesman
George Villiers