On This Day

Events in History in 1612

  • Aug 18 Pendle Witch trial begins with 10 people accused of witchcraft in Lancaster, England, key witness 9 year-old boy
  • Aug 20 9 Pendle witches hanged at Gallows Hill in Lancaster, England
  • Aug 29 Battle of Surat, India: English fleet beats Portuguese

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Oct 28 Robert Dowland appointed court luitist of King James I

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • Nov 1 (22 October O.S.) Time of Troubles in Russia: Moscow, Kitai-gorod, is captured by Russian troops under command of Dmitry Pozharsky
  • Dec 15 German Astronomer Simon Marius is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope

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Dec 28 First observation of Neptune - Galileo observes and records a "fixed star" without realising it is a planet

Astronomer and Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer and Physicist
Galileo Galilei