On This Day

Historical Events in 1609

  • Jan 31 Wisselbank of Amsterdam established
  • Mar 12 Bermuda becomes an English colony

Historic Event

Mar 25 Henry Hudson embarks on an exploration for Dutch East India Company to find a passage to Asia

  • Apr 5 Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyūshū, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in Okinawa
  • Apr 9 Spain & Netherlands sign 12 Year Resistant Pact

Historic Publication

May 20 Shakespeare's Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by publisher Thomas Thorpe

  • May 23 Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place
  • Jun 17 Netherlands, England and France sign 12 year Covenant
  • Jul 6 Majesteitsbrief: Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemia freedom of religion
  • Jul 9 Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemian protestants freedom of religion
  • Jul 10 Catholic German monarchy forms Catholic League
  • Jul 20 Emperor Rudolf II grants Silezische protestants freedom of religion
  • Jul 26 English mathematician Thomas Harriot is the first person to draw a map of the Moon by looking through a telescope
  • Jul 28 Admiral George Somers settles in Bermuda

Historic Event

Jul 29 Samuel de Champlain shoots and kills two Iroquois chiefs at Ticonderoga, New York setting the stage for French-Iroquois conflicts for the next 150 years

Historic Event

Aug 8 Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope

  • Aug 25 Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers
  • Aug 28 English explorer Henry Hudson, discovers and explores Delaware Bay
  • Sep 1 Pieter Both sworn in as 1st governor general of Dutch East Indies
  • Sep 4 Navigator Henry Hudson is the first European to discover island of Manhattan [or Sep 11]
  • Sep 11 Expulsion order announced against the Moriscos of Valencia; beginning of the expulsion of all Spain's Moriscos
  • Oct 12 Children's rhyme "Three Blind Mice" is published in London in a book edited by and possibly written by Thomas Ravenscroft
  • Dec 8 Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan opens its reading room, second public library in Europe