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17th Century Events

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1601
This Nordic astronomer dies under mysterious circumstances in Prague
Tycho Brahe
1602
Foundation of this Dutch mega-corporation
Dutch East India Company
1603
This female monarch dies, having reigned since 1558
Elizabeth I
1604
This supernova appears, named for the German astronomer who described it
Kepler's Supernova
1605
First publication of this foundational Spanish novel
Don Quixote
1606
This member of the Gunpowder Plot falls to his death from the scaffold before his execution
Guy Fawkes
1607
This town is established, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas
Jamestown
1608
Foundation of this city on the Saint Lawrence River
Quebec City
1609
This English mariner explores what will become New York State
Henry Hudson
1610
This Baroque painter dies in Tuscany
Caravaggio
1611
This play, Shakespeare's last solo production, is performed for the first time
The Tempest
1612
The astronomer Galileo discovers this planet but mistakenly classes it as a star
Neptune
1613
This London theatre is destroyed by fire
Globe
1614
Practice of this religion is banned in Japan
Christianity
1615
The writings of this scientist are submitted to the Roman Inquisition for heresy
Galileo Galilei
1616
This Native American woman is taken to London and becomes a celebrity
Pocahontas
1617
The first use of one-way streets is documented in this city
London
1618
This English adventurer is beheaded at the Palace of Westminster
Sir Walter Raleigh
1619
This Holy Roman Emperor dies without leaving an heir
Matthias
1620
This ship of Puritan colonists arrives in Massachusetts
Mayflower
1621
A feast at Plymouth marks the first occasion of this North American holiday
Thanksgiving
1622
Portuguese forces repel a Dutch invasion of this Asian city
Macau
1623
First publication of this collection of Shakespeare's plays
First Folio
1624
This Thomas Middleton play is banned for its allusions to the Spanish Match
A Game at Chess
1625
A Dutch trading post is established on this island
Manhattan
1626
The newly-crowned Charles I dissolves this institution
Parliament
1627
This European species of wild cattle goes extinct
Auroch
1628
This vessel sinks in Stockholm Harbour on her maiden voyage
Vasa
1629
This Dutch ship is wrecked off Western Australia, leading to mutiny and massacre
Batavia
1630
This major American city is founded
Boston
1631
This explorer of Virginia dies in London
John Smith
1632
Construction begins on this Asian monument
Taj Mahal
1633
Jesuit missionaries are expelled from this African empire
Ethiopia
1634
This Bohemian military leader is assassinated by soldiers in his own forces
Albrecht von Wallenstein
1635
This Englishman dies at the alleged age of 152
Old Tom Parr
1636
The foundation of this university, today one of the world's most prestigious
Harvard
1637
This speculative economic bubble collapses in the Netherlands
Tulip mania
1638
This European nation establishes a colony on the Delaware River
Sweden
1639
Beginning of the _______ Wars between Scottish Royalists and Covenanters
Bishops'
1640
A revolt breaks out in this Spanish region
Catalonia
1641
A Dutch trading post is established in this Japanese city
Nagasaki
1642
Rembrandt completes this painting, generally considered his masterpiece
The Night Watch
1643
Evangelista Torricelli invents this device for measuring air pressure
Barometer
1644
This dynasty rises to power in China, and will rule until 1912
Qing dynasty
1645
The ___ _____ Army is established by the Parliamentarians in the English Civil War
New Model Army
1646
Defeat for the Royalists at the Battle of __________ in Devon
Torrington
1647
Celebration of this religious festival is banned in England
Christmas
1648
The Peace of Westphalia brings an end to this war
Thirty Years' War
1649
This English king is beheaded in Whitehall
Charles I
1650
This French philosopher dies in Stockholm
Rene Descartes
1651
Thomas Hobbes publishes this treatise on society and government
Leviathan
1652
The Dutch East India Company establishes this colony in Africa
Cape Colony
1653
This dictator assumes control of the British Isles
Oliver Cromwell
1654
This French philosopher experiences a religious vision which marks him for life
Blaise Pascal
1655
Astronomer Christiaan Huygens discovers this moon of Saturn
Titan
1656
Birth of this English astronomer and mathematician
Edmond Halley
1657
The Spanish treasure fleet is sunk by English ships in a raid on this island
Tenerife
1658
This country's army marches across the frozen sea to attack its neighbour
Sweden
1659
The first settlers arrive on this isolated Atlantic island
St Helena
1660
This English parliamentarian begins keeping his famous diary
Samuel Pepys
1661
The Treaty of Cardis ends hostilities between Sweden and this country
Russia
1662
Final sighting of this now-extinct flightless bird
Dodo
1663
John Eliot publishes a translation of this book in the Massachusett language
Bible
1664
This new name is given by the English to the captured city of New Amsterdam
New York
1665
An outbreak of this medieval disease in London kills tens of thousands
Bubonic plague
1666
This European city is razed by fire
London
1667
This English poet publishes his masterpiece, Paradise Lost
John Milton
1668
England and the Netherlands enter a short-lived alliance with this third country
Sweden
1669
The final formal meeting of this once-powerful league of Baltic merchants
Hanseatic League
1670
This company is granted a royal charter to operate the fur trade in North America
Hudson's Bay Company
1671
This drunken Irishman unsuccessfully attempts to steal the Crown Jewels in London
Thomas Blood
1672
The __ ____ brothers are slaughtered by a mob in The Hague
de Witt
1673
This English architect is knighted
Sir Christopher Wren
1674
The skeletal remains of these princes are discovered at the Tower of London
Princes in the Tower
1675
Construction begins on this London observatory
Royal Greenwich
1676
This Virginia landholder instigates an uprising against the colonial government
Nathaniel Bacon
1677
Missionary Louis Hennepin becomes the first European to see this waterfall
Niagara Falls
1678
Paul Bunyan publishes the first part of this Christian allegory
The Pilgrim's Progress
1679
The brigantine Le _______ is towed up the Niagara River to become the first ship to sail the Great Lakes
Griffon
1680
This Marathi warrior-king dies of dysentery
Shivaji
1681
This English priest is arrested for fabricating the Popish Plot
Titus Oates
1682
The foundation of this city of brotherly love
Philadelphia
1683
Defeat for the Ottoman Empire at this battle turns the tide of the Great Turkish War
Battle of Vienna
1684
This future Russian empress is born into a peasant family
Catherine I
1685
This battle is the last major engagement to be fought on English soil
Battle of Sedgemoor
1686
Russia signs a peace treaty with this neighbouring country
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
1687
This English physicist publishes his three laws of motion
Isaac Newton
1688
William III seizes the English throne in the ________ Revolution
Glorious Revolution
1689
The English Bill of Rights bars adherents of this religion from the throne
Catholicism
1690
The first paper money in North America is issued in this colony
Massachusetts
1691
A Jacobite army departs Ireland, the Flight of the ____ _____
Wild Geese
1692
An infamous massacre occurs in this Scottish glen
Glen Coe
1693
This European island is devastated by an earthquake
Sicily
1694
The foundation of this national bank
Bank of England
1695
This unpopular tax is introduced in England
Window tax
1696
The death at age 27 of this mentally and physically disabled Russian Tsar
Ivan V
1697
Thomas Aikenhead becomes the last person in Great Britain executed for this crime
Blasphemy
1698
The establishment of this short-lived Scottish colony in Central America
Darien scheme
1699
This pirate is arrested in Boston
William Kidd
1700
Most of Protestant Western Europe, barring Britain, begins using this calendar
Gregorian
2 Comments
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Level 65
Jun 17, 2020
Please accept 'Kepler' for 'Kepler's Supernova', 'Smith' for 'John Smith', and 'Roman Catholic' for 'Catholicism'.
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Level 56
Apr 11, 2023
And Niagara for Niagara Falls