On This Day

Historical Events in 1627

  • Jan 31 Spanish government goes bankrupt
  • Feb 8 Gunpowder is used in a mining operation instead of mechanical tools in present-day Slovakia, reportedly the first time explosives had been used in mining

Victory in Battle

Mar 3 Dutch privateer Piet Heyn attacks and conquers 22 Portuguese ships in Bay of Salvador, Brazil

  • Mar 20 France & Spain sign accord for fighting protestantism

Historic Event

Jun 2 English king Charles I establishes Guyana Company

  • Jun 10 Dutch privateer Piet Heyn attacks Portuguese ships in the Bay of All Saints, Brazil
  • Jun 20 Ottoman pirates begin raids on Icelandic villages, will eventually capture over 400 people to sell into slavery

Historic Event

Jul 10 English fleet under George Villiers reach La Rochelle [NS=June 20]

  • Jul 12 English invasion fleet under George Villiers lands on the Île de Ré, forced to withdraw after 3 months of combat and losing 4,000 of 7,000 troops
  • Aug 10 Cardinal Richelieu begins siege of La Rochelle

Victory in Battle

Aug 19 Prince Frederick Henry conquers fort Groenlo

Historic Event

Oct 2 Last Emperor of the Chinese Ming dynasty, Chongzhen, comes to the throne after death of his brother Emperor Tianqi