Year 1611 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 7 Trial of Hungarian aristocrat Elizabeth B├íthory for killing and torturing hundreds of young women, later sentenced to house arrest for the rest of her life
  • Mar 4 George Abbot appointed Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Apr 14 Word "telescope" is 1st used by Prince Federico Cesi
  • 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
  • Jun 22 English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and seven others set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery and never seen again
  • Aug 11 Emperor Rudolf forces out king of Bohemia
  • Oct 30 Gustaaf II Adolf (17) becomes king of Sweden

Historical Figures Who Died in 1611

  • Feb 8 Jan Huygen van Linschoten, Dutch traveller and writer (Reys-Gheschrift), dies (B. 1653)
  • 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)

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