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Notable Historical Events - 1609

1609Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers

1609Samuel de Champlain shoots and kills two Iroquois chiefs at Ticonderoga, New York setting the stage for French-Iroquois conflicts for the next 150 years

1609Shakespeare's Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.

1609Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope

1609 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 31
Wisselbank of Amsterdam established 
Mar 12
Bermuda becomes an English colony 
Mar 25
Henry Hudson embarks on an exploration for Dutch East India Co 
Apr 5
Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyūshū, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in Okinawa. 
Apr 9
Spain & Netherlands sign 12 Year Resistant Pact 
May 20
Shakespeare's Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe. 
May 23
Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place. 
Jun 17
Netherlands, England & France sign 12 year Covenant 
Jul 6
Majesteitsbrief: Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemia freedom of religion 
Jul 9
Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemian protestants freedom of religion 
Jul 10
Catholic German monarchy forms Catholic League 
Jul 20
Emperor Rudolf II grants Silezische protestants freedom of religion 
Jul 28
Admiral George Somers settles in Bermuda 
Jul 29
Samuel de Champlain shoots and kills two Iroquois chiefs at Ticonderoga, New York setting the stage for French-Iroquois conflicts for the next 150 years 
Aug 8
Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope 
Aug 25
Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers 
Aug 28
Henry Hudson, discovers & explores Delaware Bay 
Sep 1
Pieter Both sworn in as 1st governor general of Dutch East Indies 
Sep 4
Navigator Henry Hudson first European to discover island of Manhattan [or Sep 11] 
Sep 11
Expulsion order announced against the Moriscos of Valencia; beginning of the expulsion of all Spain's Moriscos. 
Oct 12
Children's rhyme "Three Blind Mice" published in London 
Dec 8
Biblioteca Ambrosiana opens its reading room, the second public library of Europe. 
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