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Heads of State · Nekrolog

Stephan Bocskai
Stephan Bocskai ,
prince in Transylvania ,
is believed to be poisoned.
Pseudodimitri I.
The fake Dimitri
is murdered
by Vasily Shuisky in a nobility revolt .
Union Jack 1606
James I./IV. introduces the Union Jack by decree in England and Scotland .
1606 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 1050/51 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1598/99 (September 10-11)
Bengali solar calendar 1011/12 (beginning of April 14th or 15th)
Buddhist calendar 2149/50 (southern Buddhism); 2148/2149 (alternative calculation according to Buddha's Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 71st (72nd) cycle

Year of the fire horse丙午 ( at the beginning of the year wood snake 乙巳)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 968/969 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 3939/40 (October 2/3)
Iranian calendar 984/985
Islamic calendar 1014/15 (turn of the year 8/9 May)
Jewish calendar 5366/67 (October 1-2)
Coptic calendar 1322/23 (September 10-11)
Malayalam calendar 781/782
Seleucid era Babylon: 1916/17 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 1917/18 (turn of the year October)

Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1662/63 (April)


Politics and world events

England / Scotland

Eighty Years War

The siege of Groenlo by the Dutch in November ( Pieter Snayers )

Central Europe


Coronation of Marina Mniszech in Moscow by Tommaso Dolabella
  • May 8 : Tsar Pseudodimitri I marries in the Assumption Cathedral , the daughter of the Polish magnate Marina Mniszech , triggering a wave of anti-Latin protests among Moscow boyars.
  • May 17th : The fake Dimitri , who is alleged to have become the son of Ivan IV as the Russian tsar , is murdered by revolting nobles. Vasily IV is proclaimed his successor by his party friends on May 19 and crowned tsar on June 1, 1606. With Swedish help, he managed to hold the throne until 1610, before he could be overthrown at the instigation of Poland.
  • October 28th to December 2nd : Siege of Moscow for five weeks. After the assassination of the fake Dimitris, an opposition movement against the new boyar tzar Vasily IV formed among his former supporters in the southern regions , which expanded into a social protest movement. Their leader Ivan Isajewitsch Bolotnikow gathers rebellious peasants and servants around him and in July 1606 sets out from Putywl to march on Moscow. After the defeat at Kotly and the storming of Kolomenskoye to Kaluga , the rebels finally left .


Voyages of discovery

The route of Willem Jansz on the Duyfken



Visual arts

Venetian harbor scene

Music and theater



Historical maps and views

Virginia 1606


First half of the year

Pierre Corneille

Second half of the year

Rembrandt van Rijn, 1660

Exact date of birth unknown


First half of the year

The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators: Guy Fawkes is third from the right

Second half of the year

Exact date of death unknown

Web links

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