Historical Events in 1611

Event of Interest

Jan 7 Trial of Hungarian aristocrat Elizabeth Báthory for killing and torturing hundreds of young women, later sentenced to house arrest for the rest of her life

  • Mar 4 George Abbot appointed Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Apr 14 Word "telescope" is 1st used by Prince Federico Cesi

Event of Interest

Apr 20 First known performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre, London, recorded by Simon Forman

  • Apr 28 Establishment of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines, oldest existing university in Asia and largest Catholic university in the world
  • May 23 Matthias von Habsburg chosen King of Bohemia
  • Jun 13 John Fabricius dedicates earliest sunspot publication

Event of Interest

Jun 22 English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and seven others set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery and never seen again

  • Aug 11 Emperor Rudolf forces out king of Bohemia
  • Oct 30 Gustaaf II Adolf (17) becomes king of Sweden
  • Nov 1 Shakespeare's romantic comedy play "Tempest" is first presented