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Events in 1609
|11 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 10 days.|
|21 January:|| ||Joseph Scaliger, French scholar who expanded the classical era of Greek and Roman history to include Persian, Babylonian, Jewish and Egyptian history, dies in the Dutch university town of Leiden at age 68.|
|7 March:|| ||Land's Advocate of Holland Johan van Oldenbarnevelt urges Hugo Grotius to postpone the publication of his pamphlet “Mare Liberum”, but the printer Elzevier is already at work and some copies are circulating, influencing the negotiations for the Twelve Years Truce with Spain signed in April.|
|7 March:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|9 April:|| ||Spain and the Netherlands sign the Treaty of Antwerp, initiating the Twelve Years Truce in the Eighty Years' War.|
|12 April:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated Easter Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox as fixed by the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|20 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|31 May:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|2 June:|| ||England's first purpose-designed emigrant ship “Sea Venture”, the flagship of the Virginia Company, sets sail on her maiden voyage from Plymouth to the New World.|
|25 July:|| ||The flagship of the Virginia Company “Sea Venture”, on her maiden voyage from Plymouth to Jamestown, is wrecked in a storm on a reef at Bermuda, possibly inspiring Shakespeare to write “The Tempest”, certainly prompting the founding of St. George's, the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the New World.|
|25 Augustus:|| ||Galileo Galilei demonstrates his first telescope to the Venetian Senate.|
|3 September:|| ||Henry Hudson, commanding a Dutch exploration fleet looking for a route to Asia, reaches the mouth of the river that now bears his name, although it had been known since the voyage of Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524.|
|11 September:|| ||English explorer Henry Hudson sails into Upper New York Bay, looking for a passage to Asia for the Dutch East India Company.|
|8 October:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|18 November:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1018 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|30 November:|| ||The expulsion of the Moriscos, decreed by king Philip III of Spain on 9 April, begins in Valencia.|
|18 December:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
People in 1609
El Greco, Pieter Both, Lodewijk Elsevier, John Napier, Pocahontas, 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 1609 was a common year starting on a Thursday, just like 1517, 1523, 1534, 1545, 1551, 1562, 1573, 1579, 1587 and 1598 in the century before it and 1615, 1626, 1637, 1643, 1654, 1665, 1671, 1682, 1693, 1699 and 1705 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?1609 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 24 November 2017.