Year 1637 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 23 Dutch governor Johan Mauritius lands in Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Feb 2 Zorilla's "El más Impropio Verdugo Para Las" premieres in Madrid
  • Feb 15 Ferdinand III succeeds Ferdinand II as Holy Roman Emperor
  • May 13 Cardinal Richelieu of France reputedly creates the table knife
  • May 26 Mystic Massacre: in 1st battle of Pequot War in Connecticut about 500 Pequot Native Americans are killed by Colonial forces
  • Aug 28 WIC-colonel Hans Koin conquers Fort Elmina, West Africa
  • Oct 7 Prince Frederick Henry occupies Breda
  • Nov 7 Anne Hutchinson tried in Massachusetts Bay Colony as a heretic
  • Nov 20 Peter Minuit & 1st Swedish immigrants to Delaware sail from Sweden
  • Dec 17 Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu

Historical Figures Born in 1637

  • Feb 10 Henriette Catharina van Nassau, Dutch daughter of Frederick Henry
  • Feb 12 Jan Swammerdam, Amsterdam, Dutch anatomist and entomologist (Bible of Nature)
  • Mar 5 Jan van der Heyden, Dutch painter and inventor (fire hose; street lighting), born in Gorinchem, South Holland
  • Mar 12 Anne Hyde, wife of James II of England (d. 1671)
  • Apr 26 Philip Julius van Lichtenbergh, Governor of Suriname, born in Heusden, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands (d. 1674)

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