< MDCVIII = 1608 >
Events in 1608
|9 January:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|11 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 10 days.|
|17 March:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|23 March:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated on Easter Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox since the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|31 March:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|11 May:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|20 September:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|2 October:|| ||German-born lensmaker Hans Lippershey, a citizen of Middelburg in the Netherlands since 1594, applies for a patent for his instrument “for seeing things far away as if they were nearby”, i.e. the telescope.|
|29 November:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1017 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
|29 December:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
People in 1608
El Greco, Pieter Both, Lodewijk Elsevier, John Napier, Pocahontas, Joseph Scaliger, Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Miguel de Cervantes, Walter Raleigh, Francis Bacon, William Shakespeare, Galileo Galilei, Maurice of Nassau, Johannes Kepler, Caravaggio, Ben Jonson, John Donne, Jacob Cats, Peter Paul Rubens, John Smith, James Ussher, Hugo Grotius, Jan Pieterszoon Coen, Joost van den Vondel, Shah Jahan, Nicolas Poussin, Jacob van Campen, Jan van Goyen, René Descartes, François Duquesnoy, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Diego Velázquez, Oliver Cromwell, Pierre de Fermat and Rembrandt van Rijn celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 1608 was a leap year starting on a Tuesday, just like 1516, 1544 and 1572 in the century before it and 1636, 1664, 1692 and 1704 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2017 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?1608 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 27 July 2017.