1600 in History – What happened in year 1600

In history, year 1600 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 1600.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1600:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
17 februaryItalian philosopher Giordano Bruno, best-known as a proponent of heliocentrism and the infinity of the universe, was burned at thestake as a heretic by the Roman Inquisition.
19 februaryThe Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina exploded in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.
05 augustScottish nobleman John Ruthven, 3rd Earl of Gowrie, died duringa failed attempt to kidnap King James VI.
21 octoberTokugawa Ieyasu defeated the leaders of rival Japanese clans atthe Battle of Sekigahara in what is now Sekigahara, Gifu, clearing thepath for him to form the Tokugawa shogunate.
19 AugustMughal Emperor Akbar captured Ahmednagar.
24 AugustThe first ship of the East India Company, Hector, reached the coast of Surat.
31 DecemberThe British East India Company was established.
01 JanuaryIn Scotland, the new year started from 1 January instead of 25 March.


Famous birthdays in the year 1600:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 January Friedrich Spanheim / Academic / Netherlands
02 February Gabriel Naudé / Scholar / France
17 January Pedro Calderón de la Barca / Poet / Spain
19 NovemberLieuwe van Aitzema / Historian / Netherlands
26 JuneJuan de Palafox y Mendoza / Bishop / Spain

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