On This Day

1611 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 4 George Abbot appointed Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Apr 14 Word "telescope" is 1st used by Prince Federico Cesi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 First known performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre, London, recorded by Simon Forman

  • Apr 28 Establishment of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines, oldest existing university in Asia and largest Catholic university in the world
  • May 23 Matthias von Habsburg chosen King of Bohemia
  • Jun 13 John Fabricius dedicates earliest sunspot publication

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 22 Henry Hudson set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery and never seen again

Explorer Henry Hudson
Henry Hudson
  • Aug 11 Emperor Rudolf forces out king of Bohemia
  • Oct 30 Gustaaf II Adolf (17) becomes king of Sweden

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 7 James Harrington, England, political author (Commonwealth of Oceans)
  • Jan 28 Johannes Hevelius, Danzig, astronomer (star cataloger)

Person of interestChongzhen

Feb 6 Chongzhen, 16th and last Ming Emperor of China, born in Beijing (d. 1644)

Chinese Emperor Chongzhen
Chinese Emperor
  • Feb 19 Andries de Graeff, mayor of Amsterdam (1657..71)
  • May 16 Innocent XI [Benedetto Odescalchi], Italian, 240th Pope (1676-89), born in Como (d. 1689)
  • Jul 16 Archduchess Cecilia Renata of Austria, Queen of Poland, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1644)
  • Aug 9 Henry II, Count of Nassau-Siegen (1611-23), born in Siegen (d. 1652)
  • Aug 18 Ludwika Maria Gonzaga, French princess and queen of Poland, born in Nevers, France (d. 1667)
  • Sep 8 Johann Friedrich Gronovius, German classical scholar, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1671)
  • Sep 11 Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne, Marshal of France, born in Château de Sedan, Sedan, France (d. 1675)
  • Oct 11 Hugues de Lionne, Marquess de Berry, French ambassador to Rome, born in Grenoble, France (d. 1671)
  • Nov 1 François-Marie, comte de Broglie, Italian-born French commander, born in Piedmont, Italy (d. 1656)
  • Nov 3 Henry Ireton, English general and parliament leader (Marston Moor), born in Attenborough, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1651)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 8 Jan H Van Linschoten, traveller/writer (Reys-Gheschrift), dies
  • Mar 5 Shimazu Yoshihisa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1533)
  • Apr 1 Gillis van Valkenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 72
  • Apr 23 Martin Ruland the Younger, German physician and alchemist, dies at 41
  • Jun 8 Jean Bertaut, French poet (b. 1552)
  • Jul 26 Horio Yoshiharu, Japanese warlord (b. 1542)
  • Aug 2 Kato Kiyomasa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1562)
  • Oct 3 Charles, Duke of Mayenne, French military leader, dies at 57
  • Oct 30 Charles IX [Carl], King of Sweden (1604-11), dies at 61