Events in History in 1606

  • Feb 26 First known European landing in Australia by Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon at the Pennefather River, Cape York, northern Australia
  • Apr 12 England adopts the Union Flag, replaced in 1801 by current Union Flag, also known as the Union Jack
  • May 16 2,000 foreigners murdered in Russia

Event of Interest

Aug 7 Possible first performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, performed in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace for King James I

  • Oct 1 Spanish troops under Spinola occupies fort Rhine birch
  • Nov 11 Turkey & Austria sign Treaty of Zsitva-Torok
  • Dec 20 The English colonial expedition to America, consisting of the ships Discovery, Godspeed and Susan Constant, departs Blackwall, London to found Jamestown, Virginia
  • Dec 26 First known performance of William Shakespeare's tragedy "King Lear" before the court of King James I at Whitehall, London