1609 in History – What happened in year 1609

✅ Published on March 25th, 2009 in 17th Century in History

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.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1609 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
20 marchThomas Thorpe published the first copies of Shakespeare's Sonnets, possibly without William Shakespeare's Consent.
05 aprilForces of the Japanese feudal domain of Satsuma captured the castle on Ryukyu Islands, beginning the process that turns the Ryukyu Kingdom into a vassal state under Satsuma.
20 mayThomas Thorpe published the first copies of Shakespearen 'ssonnets, possibly without William Shakespeare's consent.
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.
12 septemberWhile sailing aboard the Halve Maen, Englishman Henry Hudsonbegan his exploration of the Hudson River, laying the foundation for Dutch colonization of present-day New York.
20 MayWilliam Shakespeare's first collection of poems was published in London.
17 JuneThe Netherlands, England and France signed a 12-year contract.
04 SeptemberHenry Hudson became the first European sailor to discover the island of Manhattan.
08 AugustThe Senate of Venice inspected the telescope prepared by Galileo.
12 MarchThe island of Bermuda, located in the Atlantic Ocean, became a colony of the British.


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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