On This Day

Historical Events in 1600

  • Jan 1 Scotland begins its numbered year on January 1 instead of 25 March.

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Feb 4 Astronomers Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler meet for the first time near Prague

Astronomer Tycho Brahe
Tycho Brahe
Astronomer Johannes Kepler
Johannes Kepler
  • Feb 8 Vatican convicts scholar Giordano Bruno to death
  • Feb 17 Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori in Rome, charged with heresy by the Roman Inquisition
  • Feb 19 Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in South American recorded history
  • Mar 20 The Link√∂ping Bloodbath takes place on Maundy Thursday in Link√∂ping, Sweden
  • Apr 21 1st date in James Clavell's novel Shogun (OS)
  • Jul 1 Prince Maurits' army occupies Newport Flanders Netherlands
  • Jul 2 Battle at Newport: Earl Mauritius van Nassau beats Spanish Army

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Aug 6 Henry IV of France invades Savoy after negotiations break down over Saluzzo, controlled by Savoy since 1588

  • Sep 15 Battle of Sekigahara, rise of the Tokugawa shogunate in Japan
  • Oct 8 San Marino adopts constitution
  • Oct 16 Olivier van Noorts ships reach Philippines
  • Oct 20 Battle of Sekigahara sets Tokugawa clan as Japan's rulers (shoguns)
  • Dec 14 Olivier van Noort sinks Spanish galleon San Diego at Bay of Manila, 350 die
  • Dec 20 Ottario Rinuccini and Giulio Caccini's opera "Euridice" published
  • Dec 31 British East India Company chartered