Events in History in 1600

  • Jan 1 Scotland begins its numbered year on January 1 instead of 25 March.

Historic Event

Feb 4 Astronomers Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler meet for the first time near Prague

  • Feb 8 Vatican convicts scholar and friar Giordano Bruno (who believed in an infinite universe) of heresy and sentences him to be burnt at the stake
  • Feb 17 Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori in Rome, charged with heresy by the Roman Inquisition
  • Feb 19 Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in South American recorded history
  • Mar 20 The Linköping Bloodbath takes place on Maundy Thursday in Linköping, Sweden
  • Apr 21 1st date in James Clavell's novel Shogun (OS)
  • Jul 1 Prince Maurits' army occupies Newport Flanders Netherlands
  • Jul 2 Battle at Newport: Earl Mauritius van Nassau beats Spanish Army

Historic Event

Aug 6 Henry IV of France invades Savoy after negotiations break down over Saluzzo, controlled by Savoy since 1588

  • Sep 15 Battle of Sekigahara, rise of the Tokugawa shogunate in Japan
  • Oct 8 San Marino adopts constitution
  • Oct 16 Olivier van Noorts ships reach Philippines
  • Oct 20 Battle of Sekigahara sets Tokugawa clan as Japan's rulers (shoguns)

Historic Event

Nov 28 The Royal Society is founded at Gresham College in London, England, following a lecture by Sir Christopher Wren, Professor of Astronomy

  • Dec 14 Olivier van Noort sinks Spanish galleon San Diego at Bay of Manila, 350 die
  • Dec 31 British East India Company chartered