On This Day

1617 in History

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 English court favorite George Villiers is made Earl of Buckingham by King James I

Courtier and Statesman George Villiers
Courtier and Statesman
George Villiers
King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • Mar 9 Sweden & Russia sign Peace of Stolbowa
  • Aug 23 1st one-way streets open (London)
  • Oct 9 Peace of Pavia between Spain and Savoye
  • Oct 31 Laurens Reael resigns as governor-general of Dutch East Indies
  • Dec 16 Spanish viceroy Hernando Arias de Saavedra founds provinces Rio de la Plata (Argentina)/Guaira (Paraguay)

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 6 Christoffer Gabel, Danish statesman, born in Glückstadt, Denmark (d. 1673)
  • Jan 30 William Sancroft, 79th Archbishop of Canterbury, born in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England (d. 1693)
  • May 23 Elias Ashmole, English antiquarian and collector (Ashmolean Museum), born in Litchfield (d. 1692)
  • Aug 8 Adriaan W "Joris" van Geel, Flemish missionary (Bantu Dictionary)
  • Aug 13 Johannes Andreas Quenstedt, German Lutheran theologian, born in Quedlinburg, Germany (d. 1688)
  • Nov 19 Eustache Le Sueur, French painter (paintings of religious subjects), born in Paris (d. 1655)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch artist & engraver, dies at ~58
  • Jan 17 Pieter C Bockenberg, Dutch historian, dies at 68
  • Jan 17 Faust Vrančić, Croatian inventor (b. 1551)
  • Feb 4 Louis Elsevier, Dutch publisher, dies at about 76
  • Feb 6 Prosper Alpinus/Prospero Alpini, Italian physician/botanist, dies at 63
  • Mar 20 Franciscus Aguilon, physicist/theologist/mathematician, dies at 50

Person of interestPocahontas

Mar 21 Pocahontas, American Indian princess and daughter of Powhatan, dies at 22

American Indian Princess Pocahontas
American Indian Princess

Person of interestJohn Napier

Apr 4 John Napier, Scottish mathematician and inventor (logarithms), dies from effects of gout at 67

Mathematician John Napier
John Napier
  • Apr 24 Carlo Concino, French marquis of Ancre/state advisor, murdered
  • May 7 David Fabricius, German astronomer (discovered variable star), dies at 53
  • Jun 28 Johan Evertsen de Captain, Swiss admiral, dies in battle
  • Aug 13 Johann Jakob Grynaeus, Swiss Protestant clergyman, dies at 76
  • Aug 24 Saint Rose of Lima [Isabel Flores de Olivia], Peruvian saint, a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic, dies at 31
  • Sep 25 Emperor Go-Yozei of Japan (b. 1617)
  • Sep 25 Francisco Suarez, Spanish Jesuit theologian (b. 1548)
  • Sep 27 Johan Earnest count of Nassau-Siegen, dies
  • Oct 2 Isaac Oliver, miniature painter, dies
  • Oct 10 Bernardino Baldi, Italian mathematician and writer, dies at 64
  • Oct 11 Franchois Vranck, economist/writer (Deduction), dies at about 62
  • Oct 27 Ralph Winwood, English politician (b. 1563)
  • Nov 10 Barnabe Rich, English soldier and writer
  • Nov 22 Ahmed I, 14th Sultan of the Ottoman Emperor (1603-17), dies at 27