Events in History in 1610

Historic Discovery

Jan 7 Galileo Galilei discovers the first three moons of Jupiter: Io, Europa & Ganymede

  • Jan 8 Simon Marius. a German astronomer, independently discovers the first three moons of Jupiter one day after Galileo
  • Jan 13 Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, 4th satellite of Jupiter

Historic Event

Feb 14 Polish King Sigismund III, Forges Dimitri #2 & Romanov family sign covenant against Tsar Vasili Shushki

Historic Event

Mar 21 King James I of England and VI of Scotland addresses English House of Commons

Voyage of Discovery

Apr 17 English explorer Henry Hudson departs London, England aboard Discovery on his fourth, final and fatal voyage to discover a north west passage to the Pacific


May 14 Henry IV of France is assassinated by fanatical Catholic François Ravaillac who stabs him to death in the streets of Paris

Historic Event

May 15 Parliament of Paris appoints Louis XIII (8) as French King

  • Jun 10 1st Dutch settlers arrive (from NJ), to colonize Manhattan Island
  • Jun 10 Thomas West, Baron de La Mar, is appointed governor of Virginia

Victory in Battle

Jun 19 Samuel de Champlain and his French army defeat the Mohawk people at the Battle of Sorel in New France, present-day Sorel-Tracy, Quebec

  • Jul 4 Battle of Klushino: King Sigismund III's Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth army beats Russia and Sweden
  • Jul 5 John Guy sets sail from Bristol with 39 other colonists for Newfoundland
  • Aug 2 English explorer Henry Hudson enters the bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay
  • Aug 27 Polish King Wladyslaw crowned king of Russia

Historic Event

Dec 30 Hungarian aristocrat Elizabeth Báthory arrested at Csejte Castle on suspicion of killing and torturing hundreds of young girls and women