On This Day

Historical Events in 1606

  • Feb 26 First known European landing in Australia by Dutch navigator Willem Jansz (or Janszoon) at the Pennefather River, Cape York, northern Australia
  • Apr 12 England adopts the Union Flag, replaced in 1801 by current Union Flag the Union Jack
  • May 16 2,000 foreigners murdered in Russia
  • Jun 25 Alkmaarse clergy asks "Great Dertelheyt"
  • Jun 25 St Jansday is forbidden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 7 Possible first performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, performed in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace for King James I

Playwright William Shakespeare
Playwright
William Shakespeare
King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • Oct 1 Spanish troops under Spinola occupies fort Rhine birch
  • Nov 11 Turkey & Austria sign Treaty of Zsitva-Torok
  • Dec 20 The English colonial expedition to America, consisting of the ships Discovery, Godspeed and Susan Constant, departs Blackwall, London to found Jamestown, Virginia
  • Dec 26 First known performance of William Shakespeare's tragedy "King Lear" before the court of King James I at Whitehall, London