On This Day

Historical Events in 1608

  • Jan 7 Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia
  • Mar 18 Susenyos is formally crowned Emperor of Ethiopia
  • May 14 The Protestant Union is founded in Auhausen.
  • May 19 Matthias von Habsburgs army reaches Lieben, at Prague
  • May 28 Claudio Monteverdi's "Arianna" premieres in Mantua
  • Jun 1 Valse Dimitri forms his 2nd Russian anti-government

Historic Event

Jul 3 Samuel de Champlain founds city of Quebec

Historic Event

Aug 13 John Smith's story of Jamestown's first days submitted for publication

  • Aug 24 1st English convoy lands at Surat, India
  • Sep 10 John Smith elected president of Jamestown colony council, Virginia
  • Sep 29 Captain Christopher Newport arrives in Virginia, for the second time, with supplies from England for colonists
  • Oct 2 Hans Lippershey applies for patent for first known early telescope in the Netherlands