On This Day

1627 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 31 Spanish government goes bankrupt
  • Mar 3 Dutch privateer Piet Heyn attacks and conquers 22 Portuguese ships in Bay of Salvador, Brazil
  • Mar 20 France & Spain sign accord for fighting protestantism

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 2 English king Charles I establishes Guyana Company

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • Jun 10 Dutch privateer Piet Heyn attacks Portuguese ships in the Bay of All Saints, Brazil
  • Jun 20 Ottoman pirates begin raids on Icelandic villages, will eventually capture over 400 people to sell into slavery

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Jul 10 English fleet under George Villiers reach La Rochelle [NS=June 20]

Courtier and Statesman George Villiers
Courtier and Statesman
George Villiers

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Aug 19 Prince Frederick Henry conquers fort Groenlo

Prince of Orange Frederick Henry
Prince of Orange
Frederick Henry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 2 Last Emperor of the Chinese Ming dynasty, Chongzhen, comes to the throne after death of his brother Emperor Tianqi

Chinese Emperor Chongzhen
Chinese Emperor
Chongzhen

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 25 Robert Boyle, Anglo-Irish natural philosopher & chemist, born in Lismore, Republic of Ireland (d. 1691)
  • Mar 27 Stephen Fox, English politician, born in Farley, Wiltshire (d. 1716)
  • May 29 Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier (Grand Mademoiselle), born in Palais du Louvre, Paris (d. 1693)
  • Aug 2 Samuel Dirksz van Hoogstraten, Dutch painter, born in Dordrecht, Netherlands

Person of interestJacques-Bénigne Bossuet

Sep 27 Jacques-Benigne bossuet, French bishop and writer (Louis XIV court preacher), born in Dijon, France (d. 1704)

Bishop and Writer Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
Bishop and Writer
Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
  • Sep 30 Robinson Crusoe, fictional character, according to Daniel Defoe
  • Nov 29 John Ray, English naturalist (d. 1705)
  • Dec 7 Louise Henriette, daughter of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1667)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 22 Olivier van Noort, Dutch navigator (b. 1558)
  • Mar 6 Krzysztof Zbaraski, Polish statesman (b. 1580)
  • Mar 22 Cornelis van Aerssen, Flemish Clerk of the House, dies at about 81
  • Apr 19 John Beaumont, English poet (b. 1583)
  • May 23 Luis de Gongora, Spanish poet and writer, dies at 65
  • May 27 Eberhard Bronchorst, Dutch lawyer, dies at 73
  • Jun 27 John Hayward, English historian
  • Jul 1 Nathaniel Bacon, English painter, dies at 41
  • Jul 4 Thomas Middleton, English playwright (A Game at Chess), dies at 47
  • Jul 17 Lieven de Key, Flemish master builder (Vleeshal), dies at about 67
  • Jul 19 Dirck R "Didericus" Camphuysen, poet/printer/vicar, dies at about 41
  • Sep 20 Jan Gruter, Flemish-born Dutch critic, dies at 66
  • Oct 21 Frederik de Houtman, navigator/governor of Ambon, dies at about 56
  • Oct 28 Jahangir, 4th Mughal Emperor of India (1605-27), dies at 58
  • Dec 26 Gonzaga, Italian monarch of Mantua/Monferrato, dies