On This Day

1618 in History

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 7 Francis Bacon becomes Lord Chancellor of England

Statesman/Philosopher Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon

InventionScientific Discovery

May 15 German astronomer Johannes Kepler discovers the third of his three planetary laws his "harmonics law"

Astronomer Johannes Kepler
Johannes Kepler
  • May 23 Second Defenestration of Prague: Two Catholic Lords Regent and their secretary are thrown out of a window and amazingly are not seriously injured by the 70 foot (21m) fall. Triggers the Thirty Years' War.
  • Jul 16 Captain John Gilbert patents 1st dredger in Britain
  • Jul 30 Prince Maurits' troops pull into Utrecht
  • Sep 4 "Rodi" avalanche destroys Plurs, Switzerland, 1,500 killed


Oct 29 English adventurer, writer and courtier Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against King James I of England

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Walter Raleigh
King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • Dec 11 The Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Tsardom of Russia agree to the Truce of Deulino ending the Polish–Muscovite War (1605–1618)

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spanish Baroque artist (The Vision of St. Anthony), born in Seville, Spain (d. 1682) [baptizism date]
  • Jan 14 Jan Six, Dutch mayor of Amsterdam, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1700)
  • Apr 2 Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Italian mathematician and physicist (light defraction), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1663)
  • Apr 13 Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy, French writer, born in Epiry, France (d. 1693)
  • Nov 3 Aurangzeb, 6th Mughal Emperor (1658-1707), born in Dahod, Mughal Empire (d. 1707)
  • Dec 26 Elisabeth, Paltsgravin of Rhine/abbess

Deaths in History

  • Feb 20 Philip William, Prince of Orange (1584) and Knight of the Golden Fleece (1599), dies at 63
  • Mar 23 James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Abercorn, Scottish politician
  • Apr 19 Thomas Bastard, clergyman and epigrammatist (b. 1565 or 1566)
  • Jun 7 Thomas West, 3rd & 12th Baron De La Warr, English Jamestown colonist and Governor of Virginia, dies at 40
  • Aug 23 Gerbrant A Bredero, poet/playwright (Moortje), dies at 33

Person of interestAlbert Frederick

Aug 28 Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia (1568–1618), dies at 65

Duke of Prussia Albert Frederick
Duke of Prussia
Albert Frederick
  • Sep 28 Gilles van Ledenberg, sec of Utrecht States (1588-1618), suicide at 68
  • Sep 28 Joshua Sylvester, English poet (b. 1563)

BattleWalter Raleigh

Oct 29 Walter Raleigh, English scholar, poet, historian and explorer, beheaded for treason at about 64

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Walter Raleigh
  • Nov 2 Maximilian III, Archduke of Austria (1612-18), dies at 60
  • Dec 6 Jacques Davy Duperron, French Roman Catholic cardinal, dies at 62