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 12 English "Happy Parliament commenced
  • 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
  • May 8 Hungarian King Bethlen Gabor & Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Vienna
  • May 10 Dutch admirals Jacob Willekens and Piet Heyn conquer Salvador da Bahia (Brazil)
  • 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
  • Aug 13 Cardinal Richelieu appointed Chief Minister of France by Louis XIII
  • Aug 14 Dutch fleet seizes Callao the Lima in Peru

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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, Jamestown, Virginia, 1st child of African descent born in English America
  • 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