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Anton Praetorius: Thorough report
For the first time, Anton Praetorius fights against the witchcraft in his own name .
Caravaggio: Cupid as the winner
The Italian baroque painter Caravaggio completes the oil painting Amor as the winner .
Map of Grave during the siege
Moritz of Orange conquers the city of Grave in the Eighty Years War .
1602 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 1050/51 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1594/95 (September 10-11)
Bengali solar calendar 1007/08 (beginning of April 14th or 15th)
Buddhist calendar 2145/46 (southern Buddhism); 2144/45 (alternative calculation according to Buddhas Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 71st (72nd) cycle

Year of the water tiger壬寅 ( at the beginning of the year metal buffalo 辛丑)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 964/965 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 3935/36 (October 2/3)
Iranian calendar 980/981
Islamic calendar 1010/11 (turn of the year 20/21 June)
Jewish calendar 5362/63 (September 15/16)
Coptic calendar 1318/19 (September 10-11)
Malayalam calendar 777/778
Seleucid era Babylon: 1912/13 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 1913/14 (turn of the year October)

Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1658/59 (April)


Politics and world events

Nine Years War

Eighty Years War

Other events in Europe

Depiction of the Escalade


  • The English captain Bartholomew Gosnold is the first European to set foot on the island of Nantucket , which is inhabited by around 3,000 members of the Wampanoag tribe.


science and technology

De animalibus insectis

The Italian doctor and naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi publishes the zoological work De animalibus insectis libri VII .

The Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci published the world map Kunyu Wanguo Quantu in China , which combines European and Chinese geographical knowledge and was essential for the growing Chinese understanding of the world.


Visual arts

Battle of Issus
Stranded whale , engraving by Jakob Matham 1602


The Italian philosopher and Dominican Tommaso Campanella publishes La città del Sole ( The Sun State ) - the utopia of a perfect Christian-Communist state. In this he attributes all social evils to private property . He wants to eliminate this with a collectivist social order that encompasses all areas of life. According to him, precisely determined requirement plans determine production .

Music and theater


In the second edition of his book Von Zauberey vnd Zauberern Thorough Report against the persecution of witches and torture , the Palatinate Pastor Anton Praetorius uses his name for the first time. In 1598 he published the first edition under a pseudonym.

Peter Binsfeld : Tract on the acquaintance of sorcerers and witches , Munich 1602

At the same time the publisher gives Adamsberg a remake of the first time in Munich in 1589 appeared witches treatise treaty of the Bekanntnuß of wizards and witches of Trier auxiliary bishop and witches theorist Peter Binsfeld out.


Date of birth saved

Athanasius Kircher
Otto von Guericke

Exact date of birth unknown


Date of death secured

Charles de Gontaut

Exact date of death unknown

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