On This Day

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13 English colonists led by John Smith make a second landing near James River in Virginia

Explorer John Smith
John Smith
  • 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
  • Jun 25 Mentally ill Emperor Rudolf II signs Treaty of Lieben, giving up Austria, Hungary and Moravia
  • Jun 30 Annales Ecclesiastici (Scientific History of Catholicism) published
  • Sep 14 Flight of the Earls from Lough Swilly, Donegal, Ireland

Birthdays in History

  • 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)
  • Oct 4 Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, Spanish playwright (Del Rey Abajo Ninguno), born in Toledo (d. 1648)
  • Oct 24 John Lievens, Dutch painter, etcher and wood carver, born in Leiden, Dutch Republic (d. 1674)
  • Nov 1 Georg Philipp Harsdörffer, German poet and translator, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1658)
  • Nov 15 Madeleine de Scudéry, French novelist (Artamène ou le grand Cyrus), born in Le Havre, Normandy, France (d. 1701)
  • Nov 19 Erasmus Quellinus II, Flemish painter and etcher, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1678)
  • Nov 26 John Harvard, English clergyman and benefactor of Harvard College, born in Southwark, Surrey, England (d. 1638)
  • Nov 28 Francesco Sforza Pallavicino, Italian theologist and historian (Istoria del Concilio di Trento), born in Rome, Papal States (d. 1667)

Deaths in History

  • 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)
  • Jun 10 John Popham, English politician
  • Jun 30 Caesar Baronius, Italian cardinal and historian, dies at 68
  • Jul 20 Paulus Merula, Dutch lawyer and historian (Historia Belgica), dies at 48
  • Aug 22 Bartholomew Gosnold, English explorer and privateer (b. 1572)
  • Sep 5 Pomponne de Bellièvre, chancellor of France (b. 1529)
  • Sep 22 Alessandro Allori, Italian painter and carpet designer, dies at 72