Year 1609 in History

Events in History

  • May 20 Shakespeare's Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by publisher Thomas Thorpe
  • Jul 29 Samuel de Champlain shoots and kills two Iroquois chiefs at Ticonderoga, New York setting the stage for French-Iroquois conflicts for the next 150 years

Historical Figures Born in 1609

  • Feb 10 John Suckling, English Cavalier poet/dramatist/courtier
  • Feb 18 Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, English PM (1660-67), born in Dinton, England (d. 1674)
  • Mar 18 Frederick III, King of Denmark and Norway (1648-70), born in Haderslev, Denmark (d. 1670)
  • Mar 22 John II Casimir Vasa [Jan Kazimierz], King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1648-68), born in Krak√≥w, Poland (d. 1672)
  • May 16 Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands, Cardinal of the Holy Catholic Church and military commander during the Thirty Years' War, born in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain (d. 1641)

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Historical Marriages

  • Oct 3 Painter Peter Paul Rubens marries his first wife Isabella Brant in St. Michael's Abbey, Antwerp

Historical Figures Who Died in 1609

  • Jan 21 Joseph Justus Scaliger, French inventor of "Julian Period", dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Ferdinand I, cardinal/ruler of Toscane, dies
  • Feb 17 Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, dies at 59
  • Mar 25 Olaus Martini, Swedish Archbishop of Uppsala (b. 1557)
  • Apr 4 Charles de L'Ecluse, Flemish botanist (b. 1526)

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