On This Day

1624 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 28 Sir Thomas Warner founds the first English colony in the Caribbean, on Saint Kitts.
  • Feb 19 English "Happy Parliament", the final Parliament of King James I opens at Westminster
  • Mar 10 England declares war on Spain
  • May 3 Spanish silver fleet sails to Panama
  • May 7 Admiral Hermites conquering fleet reaches Callao the Lima, Peru

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May 8 Hungarian King Bethlen Gabor & Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Vienna

Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II
Holy Roman Emperor
Ferdinand II

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

May 10 Dutch admirals Jacob Willekens and Piet Heyn conquer Salvador da Bahia (Brazil)

Dutch Admiral and Privateer Piet Heyn
Dutch Admiral and Privateer
Piet Heyn
  • May 13 Admiral Hermites' fleet blockades Lima, Peru
  • Jun 8 Earthquake strikes Peru
  • Jun 10 Netherlands & France sign anti-Spanish Treaty of Compiègne
  • Jun 16 Virginia becomes an English crown colony following the bankruptcy of the London Company

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Aug 13 Cardinal Richelieu appointed Chief Minister of France by Louis XIII

King of France Louis XIII
King of France
Louis XIII
  • Aug 14 Dutch fleet seizes Callao the Lima in Peru

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Sep 12 1st submarine publicly tested in London on the Thames for King James I

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 3 William Tucker, 1st African American child born in America
  • Jan 9 Empress Meishō (d. 1696)
  • Jan 30 Arnold Geulincx, Flemish philosopher (About Virtue), born in Antwerp (d. 1669)
  • Jun 2 Jan III Sobieski, King of Poland (1674-96)
  • Jun 15 Hiob Ludolf, German orientalist (d. 1704)
  • Aug 5 William Tucker, 1st child of African descent to be born in English colony in America, born in Jamestown, Virginia
  • Aug 22 Jean Renaud de Segrais, French writer and poet, born in Caen, France (d. 1701)
  • Aug 25 François de la Chaise, French confessor of Louis XIV of France, born in Forez, France (d. 1709)
  • Sep 10 Thomas Sydenham, English physician and author of "Observationes Medicae", born in Wynford Eagle, Dorset (d. 1689)
  • Oct 30 Paul Pellisson, French writer, born in Béziers, France (d. 1693)
  • Dec 25 Angelus Silesius [Johann Scheffler], German mystic (St Seelenlust)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 12 George Heriot, Scottish goldsmith and philanthropist (b. 1563)
  • Feb 13 Stephen Gosson, English satirist (b. 1554)
  • Feb 17 Juan de Mariana, Spanish historian (b. 1536)
  • Feb 21 Dirck van Baburen, Dutch painter (Sepulture), dies at about 28
  • Jul 25 Steven van der Haghen, admiral/gov on Ambon 1617-8, dies at about 61
  • Sep 20 Isaac Le Maire, Amsterdam ship owner, dies at about 66
  • Sep 23 Willem Pietersz Buytewech, painter/etcher, dies at about 32
  • Nov 10 Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, English patron of the theater, dies at 51
  • Nov 13 Thomas Erpenius [van Erpe], Dutch orientalist and Arabist (grammar), dies at 40
  • Dec 5 Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist (b. 1560)
  • Dec 14 Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham, English statesman, dies at 73
  • Dec 26 Simon Marius, astronomer, dies in Bavaria at 54