17th Century Events

Taken from the AP list of events.

7/25/1593 France's King Henry IV converted from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism.
1/28/1596 English navigator Sir Francis Drake died off the coast of Panama.
11/1/1604 William Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello" was first performed, at Whitehall Palace in London.
11/5/1605 The Gunpowder Plot failed when Guy Fawkes was seized before he could blow up the English Parliament.
1/31/1606 Guy Fawkes, convicted for his part in the Gunpowder Plot against the English Parliament and King James I, was executed.
4/12/1606 England adopted the original version of the Union Jack as its flag.
4/26/1607 An expedition of English colonists went ashore at Cape Henry, Va., to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere. (They later settled at Jamestown.)
5/13/1607 An English colony was settled at Jamestown in present-day Virginia.
7/3/1608 The city of Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain.
9/10/1608 John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia.
12/9/1608 Poet John Milton was born in London.
9/12/1609 English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that now bears his name.
1/7/1610 The astronomer Galileo Galilei sighted four of Jupiter's moons.
6/22/1611 English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several other people were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers.
4/5/1614 Pocahontas, daughter of the leader of the Powhatan tribe, married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.
4/23/1616 The Spanish poet Cervantes died in Madrid.
7/30/1619 The first representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown, Virginia.
11/11/1620 Forty-one Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a "body politick."
11/20/1620 Peregrine White was born aboard the Mayflower in Massachusetts Bay—the first child born of English parents in present-day New England.
12/21/1620 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower went ashore for the first time at present-day Plymouth, Mass.
6/3/1621 The Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands, present-day New York City.
3/27/1625 Charles I ascended the English throne upon the death of James I.
5/4/1626 Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on what is now Manhattan.
3/10/1629 England's King Charles I dissolved Parliament.
8/29/1632 English philosopher John Locke was born in Somerset.
3/25/1634 Maryland was founded by English colonists sent by the second Lord Baltimore.
2/13/1635 The Boston Public Latin School was founded. (It is now the oldest public school in the United States.)
10/09/1635 Religious dissident Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1/14/1639 Connecticut's first constitution, the Fundamental Orders, was adopted.
1/8/1642 Astronomer Galileo Galilei died in Arcetri, Italy.
5/18/1642 The Canadian city of Montreal was founded.
9/23/1642 Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass., held its first commencement.
12/13/1642 Dutch navigator Abel Tasman arrived in present-day New Zealand.
5/14/1643 Louis XIV became King of France at age 4 on the death of his father, Louis XIII.
5/11/1647 Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam to become governor.
5/27/1647 Alse Young became the first person executed as a witch in America when she was hanged in Hartford, Conn.
6/4/1647 The English army seized King Charles I as a hostage.
1/30/1649 England's King Charles I was beheaded.
4/21/1649 The Maryland Toleration Act, which provided for freedom of worship for all Christians, was passed by the Maryland assembly.
2/2/1653 New Amsterdam—now New York City—was incorporated.
12/16/1653 Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.
6/7/1654 Louis XIV was crowned king of France in Rheims.
9/3/1658 Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, died.
7/8/1663 King Charles II of England granted a charter to Rhode Island.
3/12/1664 New Jersey became a British colony as King Charles II granted land in North America to his brother James, the Duke of York.
9/8/1664 The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York.
6/12/1665 England installed a municipal government in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.
5/2/1670 The Hudson Bay Co. was chartered by England's King Charles II.
3/4/1681 England's King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn for an area of land that later became Pennsylvania.
4/9/1682 French explorer Robert La Salle reached the Mississippi River.
10/06/1683 Thirteen families from Krefeld, Germany, arrived in present-day Philadelphia to begin Germantown.
2/23/1685 Composer George Frideric Handel was born in Germany.
3/21/1685 Composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany.
10/18/1685 King Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes, which had established the legal toleration of France's Protestant population, the Huguenots.
4/11/1689 William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.
2/3/1690 The first paper money in America was issued by the colony of Massachusetts.
7/12/1690 Protestant forces led by William of Orange defeated the Roman Catholic army of James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.
2/8/1693 A charter was granted for the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
7/27/1694 The Bank of England received a royal charter as a commercial institution.
12/28/1694 Queen Mary II of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III.
9/5/1698 Russia's Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.

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