On This Day

Historical Events in 1602

  • Jan 2 Spanish force in Ireland surrender to the English army at Kinsdale
  • Mar 20 United Dutch East Indian Company (VOC) forms
  • May 15 Cape Cod discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold
  • May 21 Martha's Vineyard 1st sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold
  • Sep 20 Spanish held city of Grave surrenders to Maurice of Orange during Eighty Years' War
  • Nov 8 The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened
  • Dec 5 Giulio Caccini's "Euridice" premieres in Florence
  • Dec 11 Surprise attack by forces of the Duke of Savoy and his brother-in-law, Philip III of Spain repelled by citizens of Geneva. Commemorated since as FĂȘte de l'Escalade.