Events in year of 1620

  • 05-171st merry-go-round seen at a fair (Philippapolis, Turkey)
  • 07-31Pilgrim Fathers depart (through England) to America
  • 08-15Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims
  • 09-061st stones layed in Western Tower
  • 09-20Battle at Jassy: Turks beat King Sigismund III of Poland
  • 11-03Great Patent granted to Plymouth Colony
  • 11-08Battle of White Mountain, Prague
  • 11-1141 pilgrims land in Mass, sign Mayflower Compact (just & equal laws)
  • 11-19Mayflower reaches Cape Cod and explores the coast
  • 11-21Mayflower Compact signed by Pilgrims in Cape Cod
  • 11-21Pilgrim Fathers reach America: Provincetown Harbor, Massachusetts
  • 12-02English language newspaper "Namloos" begins publishing in Amsterdam
  • 12-11103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock (12 / 21 NS)
  • 12-23French huguenots declare war on King Louis XIII
  • 12-26Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, Massachusetts

People born in year of 1620

  • 01-09Johann Weichmann: Composer
  • 01-31Georg F von Waldeck: German Commander-in-Chief
  • 02-15Francois Charpentier: French Scholar / archaeologist
  • 02-16Frederick William: Great Elector, founder of Brandenburg-Prussia
  • 04-24John Graunt: Statistician, founder of science of demography
  • 05-23Pieter Neefs [the Younger]: Flemish painter
  • 07-21Jean Picard: French astronomer
  • 07-29Nicolaas Heinsius: Dutch philologist / diplomat
  • 08-12Pieter Cuypers: South Netherlands lawyer
  • 09-06Isabella Leonarda: Composer
  • 09-29John L Baron of Elderen: 63rd Prince-Bishop of Luik (1688-94)
  • 10-01Nicolaes Pietersz Berchem: Dutch landscape painter / etcher
  • 10-30Michael de Ronghe: Composer
  • 10-31John Evelyn: British diarist (Life of Mrs Godolphin)
  • 11-20Peregrine White: Son of WM and Susanna White, born aboard Mayflower

People died in year of 1620

  • 01-17Diego Alvarez de Paz: Spanish Missionary / writer (Peru), dies at about 59
  • 02-19Roemer P Visscher: Poet, buried in Amsterdam
  • 05-31Willem Louis: Earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies at 59
  • 06-16Carlo Saraceni [Carlo Veniziano]: Italian Painter (Judith)
  • 06-29John Aerts: Flemish Sculptor

Events in year of 1621

  • 02-09Alexander Ludovisi is elected Pope Gregory XV (-1623)
  • 02-17Miles Standish appointed 1st commander of Plymouth colony
  • 03-04Jacarta, Java renamed Batavia
  • 03-16Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 03-22Hugo de Grote escapes in bookcase from Loevenstein castle, Neth
  • 04-05Mayflower sails from Plymouth on a return trip to England
  • 04-09Spain and Netherlands 12 Year Resistant Pact ends
  • 04-15Hugo the Great arrives in France
  • 05-03Francis Bacon accused of bribery
  • 05-31Sir Francis Bacon thrown into Tower of London for 1 night
  • 06-03Dutch West India Company receives charter for "New Netherlands" (NY)
  • 06-03WIC, West Indian Co, under Heeren XIX, founded
  • 06-19Battle at Dragetsani: Turkish army beats Greece
  • 07-06Dutch Governor-General John Pieterszoon Coen takes Banda-islands, 15,000 die
  • 09-15Swedish troops occupy Riga
  • 09-21King James of England gives Canada to Sir Alexander Sterling
  • 09-28Battle at Chocim Dniester: King Sigismund II beats Turks
  • 10-09Turkey and Poland signs Peace of Chotin
  • 10-25Gov Bradford of US colony Plymouth disallows sport on Christmas Day
  • 11-19Rabbi Isaiah b Abraham aha-Levi Horowitz arrives in Israel
  • 12-03Galileo invents telescope
  • 12-13Emperor Ferdinand II delegates 1st anti-Reformation decree
  • 12-18English parliament accept unanimously, Protestation
  • 12-25Gov William Bradford of Plymouth forbids game playing on Christmas
  • 12-30English King James I cracks Protestation of Parliament

People born in year of 1621

  • 03-07Georg Neumark: Composer
  • 03-28Heinrich Schwemmer: Composer
  • 03-31Andrew Marvell: England, United Kingdom -- Poet (To His Coy Mistress)
  • 07-08Jean de la Fontaine: French poet (Fables)
  • 07-22Anthony Ashley Cooper: 1st Earl of Shaftesbury / Minister (1660-73)
  • 10-08Maximilian H of Bayern: Prince-Bishop of Liege / Bishop of Hildesheim

People died in year of 1621

  • 01-28Paulus V [Camillo Borghese]: 233rd Pope (1605-21), dies at 68
  • 02-15Michael Praetorius: German Composer (In Dulce Jubilo), dies at 50
  • 03-31Felipe III: King of Spain (1598-1621), dies at 42
  • 07-13Albrecht / Albertus: Archduke of Austria, dies at 61
  • 10-16Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Organist / composer, dies at about 59