On This Day

1623 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 25 Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria becomes monarch of Palts
  • Mar 5 1st American temperance law enacted, Virginia
  • Apr 29 11 Dutch ships depart for the conquest of Peru
  • Jun 14 1st breach-of-promise lawsuit: Rev Gerville Pooley, Virginia files against Cicely Jordan, he loses
  • Aug 6 Maffeo Barberini elected Pope Urban VIII
  • Nov 1 Fire at Plymouth, Massachusetts, destroys several buildings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 5 First copies purchased of William Shakespeare's First Folio, collecting his plays posthumously into one volume, bought by Edward Dering


Birthdays in History

  • Jan 31 Francois de Laval, Catholic saint, 1st Roman Catholic bishop of Quebec, born in Montigny-sur-Avre (d. 1708)
  • May 26 William Petty, English political economist and statistician (Treatise of Taxes and Contributions), born in Romsey, England (d. 1687)
  • May 30 Wallerant Vaillant, French painter and engraver, born in Lille, France (d. 1677)
  • May 30 John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, English politician (d. 1686)
  • Jun 15 Cornelis de Witt, Dutch statesman (Chatham)

Person of interestBlaise Pascal

Jun 19 Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist and Christian philosopher (Pascal's Law, Pascal's Wager), born in Clermont-Ferrand, France (d. 1662)

Mathematician, Physicist and Philosopher Blaise Pascal
Mathematician, Physicist and Philosopher
Blaise Pascal
  • Aug 23 Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer, born in Raków, Kielce County, Poland (d. 1675)
  • Oct 17 Francis Turretin, Swiss theologian (d. 1687)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 14 Paolo Sarpi, Italian church historian and politician, dies at 70
  • Feb 8 Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician, dies at 80
  • Mar 19 Uesugi Kagekatsu, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1556)
  • Jun 16 Christian, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg-Wolfenbüttel, German Protestant military leader (b. 1599)
  • Jul 8 Gregory XV, [Alessandro Ludovisi], bishop of Bologna/Pope, dies at 69
  • Aug 6 Anne Hathaway, wife of English playwright William Shakespeare, dies aged 66 or 67
  • Sep 10 John I Van de Velde, calligrapher (Mirror of Write-Konste), dies
  • Oct 21 William Wade, English statesman and diplomat (b. 1546)
  • Nov 9 William Camden, English historian (Brittania, Annales), dies at 72
  • Nov 11 Philippe de Mornay (or Philippe Du-Plessis-Mornay), French writer, dies at 74