On This Day

1602 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 2 Spanish force in Ireland surrender to the English army at Kinsdale
  • Mar 20 United Dutch East Indian Company (VOC) forms
  • May 15 Cape Cod discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold
  • May 21 Martha's Vineyard 1st sighted (Captain Bartholomew Gosnold)
  • Sep 20 Spanish held city of Grave surrenders to Maurice of Orange during Eighty Years' War
  • Nov 8 The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened
  • Dec 5 Giulio Caccini's "Euridice" premieres in Florence
  • Dec 11 Surprise attack by forces of the Duke of Savoy and his brother-in-law, Philip III of Spain repelled by citizens of Geneva. Commemorated since as Fête de l'Escalade.

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 6 Carl von Rabenhaupt, Bohemian Hussite nobleman, born in Bohemia (d. 1675)
  • Feb 9 Franciscus van de Enden, Flemish jesuit/free thinker/tutor of Spinoza
  • Feb 18 Per Brahe (the younger), Swedish soldier (d. 1680)
  • Mar 4 Kanō Tan'yū [Kanō Morinobu], Japanese painter (palaces, portraits), born in Kyōto, Japan (d. 1674)
  • Mar 18 Jacques de Billy, French mathematician (d. 1679)
  • Mar 29 John Lightfoot, English theologist and scholar (Horae Hebraicae), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England (d. 1675)
  • Apr 2 Maria de Jesus de Agreda [Maria Coronel], Spanish franciscan, born in Agreda, Spain (d. 1665)
  • Apr 30 William Lilly, English astrologer, born in Diseworth, Leicestershire, England (d. 1681)
  • May 26 Philippe de Champaigne, French painter, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1674)
  • Jul 14 Jules Mazarin, French cardinal, French 1st Minister (1642-61)
  • Aug 10 Gilles de Roberval, French mathematician (d. 1675)
  • Aug 31 Amalia, countess of Solms-Braunfels, wife of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange
  • Oct 12 William Chillingworth, English religious leader, born in Oxford, England (d. 1644)
  • Nov 22 Elisabeth of France, Queen consort of Philip IV of Spain (1621-44), born in Palace of Fontainebleau, France (d. 1644)
  • Nov 30 Otto von Guericke, German scientist, inventor, and politician, born in Magdeburg, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1686)
  • Dec 18 Simonds d'Ewes, English antiquarian and politician (d. 1650)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 13 Alexander Nowell, English churchman, dean of St Paul's, dies
  • Feb 19 Philippe Emmanuel, Duke of Mercoeur, French soldier, dies at 43
  • Feb 25 Everard van Reyd, Dutch historian, dies at about 51
  • Mar 22 Agostino Carracci, Italian artist (Communion of St. Jerome), dies at 44
  • Sep 25 Caspar Peucer, German reformer (b. 1525)
  • Oct 23 Franciscus Junius, French-Dutch calvinist theologist and vicar, dies at 57
  • Oct 30 Jean-Jacques Boissard, French poet (b. 1528)
  • Dec 1 Kobayakawa Hideaki, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1582)