Year 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 by 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.

Historical Figures Born in 1602

  • 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)

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Historical Figures Who Died in 1602

  • 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)

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