On This Day

1615 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 2 First Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 4 Siege of Osaka: Forces under the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu take Osaka Castle in Japan

  • Jun 14 Jacques Le Maire sail to Zuidland/Terra Australis

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 14 John Biddle, English nontrinitarian and Unitarian minister, born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1662)
  • Jan 25 Govert Flinck, Dutch painter (Isaac blesses Jacob), born in Kleve, Germany (d. 1660)
  • Jan 30 Thomas Rolfe, American colonial settler and only child of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, born in Varina Farms, Virginia (d. 1675)

Person of interestNicolas Fouquet

Feb 23 Nicolas Fouquet, French politician and Superintendent of Finances (1653-61) who became fabulously wealthy and later imprisoned for maladministration of state funds, born in Paris (d. 1680)

Statesman and Superintendent of Finances Nicolas Fouquet
Statesman and Superintendent of Finances
Nicolas Fouquet
  • Feb 23 Cornelis Galle II, Flemish engraver/illustrator, baptised
  • Mar 13 Innocent XII [Antonio Pignatelli], Pope (1691-1700), born in Spinazzola, Italy (d. 1700)
  • Mar 28 Pieter de Groot, Dutch regent and diplomat (First Stadtholderless Period of the Dutch Republic), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1678)
  • Jun 27 Johann Paul Schor, German Baroque painter, born in Innsbruck, Austria (d. 1674)
  • Nov 5 Ibrahim I, 18th Ottoman Sultan (1640-48), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1648)
  • Nov 12 Richard Baxter, English clergyman (d. 1691)
  • Nov 24 Philipp Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (d. 1690)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 31 Claudio Aquaviva, Italian Jesuit priest (5th Superior General of the Society of Jesus), dies at 71
  • Feb 4 Dom Justo Takayama, Japanese warlord (b. 1552)
  • Feb 4 Giovanni Battista della Porta, Italian scholar, polymath and child prodogy (b. 1535)
  • Mar 4 Hans von Aachen, German painter, dies
  • Mar 6 Pieter Both, Dutch admiral/1st gov-gen (East Indies, 1609-14), drowns
  • May 4 Adriaan van Roomen, Flemish mathematician (b. 1561)
  • May 27 Margaret de Valois, 1st Queen of Henry IV of France (1672-99) daughter of Henry II, dies at 61
  • Jun 3 Sanada Yukimura, Japanese samurai (b. 1567)
  • Jun 23 Mashita Nagamori, Japanese warlord (b. 1545)
  • Jul 26 Alonso Pérez de Guzmán, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia, Spanish Armada commander, dies at 64
  • Aug 15 Cornelis C Vrancx, Flemish poet/writer (Comfort of Soles), dies
  • Sep 1 Étienne Pasquier, French lawyer and man of letters, dies at 86
  • Sep 27 Arbella Stuart, English great-great-granddaughter of King Henry VII and possible heir to the throne, dies imprisoned in the Tower of London at 39 or 40
  • Dec 2 Louis des Balbes de Berton de Crillon, French general