Events in year of 1608

  • 01-07Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia
  • 05-19Matthias von Habsburgs army reaches Lieben, at Prague
  • 06-01Valse Dimitri forms his 2nd Russian anti-Government
  • 07-03Samuel de Champlain founded city of Quebec
  • 07-20Reynier van Oldenbarnevelt marries Anna Weytzen in Delft
  • 08-241st English convoy lands at Surat India
  • 09-10John Smith elected President of Jamestown colony council, Virginia
  • 09-29Captain Newport arrives from England with supplies for colonists
  • 10-02Prototype of modern reflecting telescope completed by Jan Lippershey

People born in year of 1608

  • 01-28Giovanni Alfonso Borelli: Naples, Italy -- Mathematician / astronomer
  • 02-06Antonio Vieira: Portuguese Jesuit preacher
  • 06-19Thomas Fuller: England, United Kingdom -- Literary (History of the Holy War)
  • 07-13Ferdinand III: King of Hungary / Bohemia / German Emperor (1637-57)
  • 09-01Giacomo Torelli: Composer
  • 09-03Pieter Stockmans: Flemish Chairman of military
  • 12-06George Monck / Monk: English General / gov of Scotland
  • 12-09John Milton: London, England -- Poet / puritan (Paradise Lost)

People died in year of 1608

  • 04-19Earl of Dorset: Poet / statesman
  • 06-04Francesco Caracciolo: Italian religious founder / saint, dies at 44
  • 07-18Joachim III Frederik: Ruler (Brandenburg), dies at 61
  • 08-27Hendrik van Kinschot [Henricus Kinschotus]: Lawyer, dies at 66
  • 10-19Martinus A del Rio: Spanish lawyer Historian / theologist
  • 10-26Juan Pantoja de la Cruz: Spanish royal painter

Events in year of 1609

  • 01-31Wisselbank of Amsterdam established
  • 03-12Bermuda becomes an English colony
  • 03-25Henry Hudson embarks on an exploration for Dutch East India Company
  • 04-09Spain and Netherlands sign 12 Year Resistant Pact
  • 06-17Netherlands, England and France sign 12 year Covenant
  • 07-06Majesteitsbrief: Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemia freedom of religion
  • 07-09Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemian protestants freedom of religion
  • 07-10Catholic German monarchy forms Catholic League
  • 07-20Emperor Rudolf II grants Silezische protestants freedom of religion
  • 07-28Admiral George Somers settles in Bermuda
  • 08-25Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers
  • 08-28Henry Hudson, discovers and explores Delaware Bay
  • 09-01Pieter Both sworn in as 1st Governor-General of East Indies

People born in year of 1609

  • 02-10John Suckling: English Cavalier poet / dramatist / courtier
  • 02-18Edward Hyde: Earl of Clarendon, English Prime Minister (1660-67)
  • 03-16Michael Franck: Composer
  • 03-18Frederick III: King of Denmark and Norway (1648-70); absolutist
  • 03-21Jan II Kazimierz: Cardinal / King of Poland (1648-68)
  • 03-22John II Casimir Vasa: Cardinal / King of Poland (1648-68)
  • 05-16Ferdinand: Austria -- Cardinal of Spain / Governor of the Netherlands
  • 07-27Heinrich Pape: Composer
  • 07-28Judith J Leyster: Dutch house painter, baptised
  • 08-29Sassoferrato [Giovanni B Salvi]: Italian painter (Madonna)
  • 08-30Artus I Quellinus "the Old": Flemish sculptor, baptised
  • 10-05Paul Fleming: Writer

People died in year of 1609

  • 01-21Joseph Justus Scaliger: French inventor of "Julian Period", dies at 68
  • 02-07Ferdinand I: Cardinal / ruler of Toscane
  • 02-28Paul Sartorius: Composer, dies at 39
  • 05-26Cornelis Claesz: Mapmaker, buried
  • 07-15Annibale Carracci: Painter
  • 07-20Federico Zuccari: Italian Mannerist painter, dies at about 69
  • 08-07Eustache du Caurroy: Composer, dies at 60
  • 10-19Jacobus Arminius [Jacob Hermans]: Theologist, dies at about 49