Year 1607 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 13 The Bank of Genoa fails after announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain
  • Jan 19 San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; the oldest church in the Philippines
  • Jan 30 Massive flooding in England destroys around 200 square miles of coastline and results in approximately 2,000 casualties
  • Apr 10 The British colonial expedition that would found Jamestown departs Puerto Rico for the American mainland
  • Apr 25 Battle at Gibraltar: Dutch fleet beats Spanish Portuguese fleet
  • Apr 25 Shortly before making landfall in America, Captain Edward Maria Wingfield is named President of the Jamestown governing council
  • Apr 26 Jamestown expedition makes first landing in America at a place named Cape Henry, in what would become Virginia, but they quickly depart for a better site
  • May 13 English colonists led by John Smith make a second landing near James River in Virginia
  • May 14 English colonists establish the 1st permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown. Unknown to them they have landed amidst the worst drought in 800 years.
  • Jun 21 1st Protestant Episcopal parish in America established at Jamestown
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Historical Figures Born in 1607

  • Jan 10 Isaac Jogues, French Jesuit missionary & martyr, born in Orléans, France (d. 1646)
  • Jan 31 James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby
  • Mar 24 Michiel A de Ruyter, Dutch rear admiral (St Vincent, Dune)
  • Jul 13 Václav [Wenceslaus] Hollar, Bohemian-born etcher, born in Prague, Bohemia (d. 1677)
  • Aug 17 Pierre de Fermat, French mathematician who needed wider margins (Fermat's Last Theorem) [or 1608], born in Beaumont-de-Lomagne, France (d. 1665)

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Historical Figures Who Died in 1607

  • Feb 23 Herman Herbertsz, vicar, dies at about 60
  • Apr 15 Cornelius Kilianus, Flemish translator & poet, dies at ~78
  • Apr 25 Don Juan Alvarez, Spanish Admiral (Gibraltar), dies in battle
  • Apr 25 Jacob van Heemskerck, Dutch Admiral (Nova Zambia), dies in battle
  • May 21 John Rainolds, English scholar (b. 1549)

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