1609 in History – What happened in year 1609

In history, year 1609 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1609.

Know what happened in 1609:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
20 MayThomas Thorpe published the first copies of Shakespeare'ssonnets, possibly without William Shakespeare's consent.
25 July The crew of British sailing ship Sea Venture grounded her onthe reefs of Bermuda, which is widely believed to have inspiredShakepeare's The Tempest.
25 AugustItalian astronomer Galileo Galilei demonstrated his firsttelescope, a device that became known as a terrestrial or spyglassrefracting telescope, to Venetian lawmakers.
05 AprilForces of the Japanese feudal domain of Satsuma captured thecastle on Ryukyu Island, beginning the process that turned the RyukyuKingdom into a vassal state under Satsuma.
12 SeptemberWhile sailing aboard the Halve Maen, Englishman Henry Hudsonbegan his exploration of the Hudson River, laying the foundation forDutch colonization of present-day New York.
20 MayThomas Thorpe published the first copies of Shakespeare'ssonnets, possibly without William Shakespeare's consent.
25 AugustItalian astronomer Galileo Galilei demonstrated his firsttelescope, a device that became known as a terrestrial or spyglassrefracting telescope, to Venetian lawmakers.
25 JulyDuring a hurricane, the crew of the English sailing ship SeaVenture grounded her on the reefs of Bermuda, which is widely believedto have inspired Shakepeare's The Tempest.
20 MayThomas Thorpe published the first copies of Shakespeare'ssonnets (title page pictured), possibly without William Shakespeare'sconsent.
05 AprilForces of the Japanese feudal domain of Satsuma captured the castle on Ryukyu Island, beginning the process that turned the Ryukyu Kingdom into a vassal state under Satsuma.
20 MayThomas Thorpe published the first copies of Shakespeare's sonnets, possibly without William Shakespeare's consent.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1609:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
06 AugustRichard Bennett / Politician / United States of America
10 February John Suckling / Poet / United Kingdom
18 February Edward Hyde / Politician / United Kingdom
21 February Raimondo Montecuccoli / Commander / Italy
22 March John II Casimir Vasa / King / Poland
26 OctoberWilliam Sprague / Settler / United Kingdom
26 NovemberHenry Dunster / Academic / United States of America

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