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Heads of State · Nekrolog

Jamestown 1608
English merchants
establish Jamestown,
the first permanent
English settlement in North America .
L'Orfeo Frontispiece
The opera L'Orfeo
by Claudio Monteverdi
will be premiered in Mantua.
Battle of Gibraltar
The Dutch fleet beats the Spanish fleet in the Eighty Years' War in the Battle of Gibraltar .
1607 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 1055/56 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1599/1600 (September 11-12)
Bengali solar calendar 1012/13 (beginning of April 14th or 15th)
Buddhist calendar 2150/51 (southern Buddhism); 2149/2150 (alternative calculation according to Buddha's Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 71st (72nd) cycle

Year of the fire sheep丁未 ( at the beginning of the year fire horse 丙午)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 969/970 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 3940/41 (October 2-3)
Iranian calendar 985/986
Islamic calendar 1015/16 (turn of the year April 27-28)
Jewish calendar 5367/68 (September 21/22)
Coptic calendar 1323/24 (September 11-12)
Malayalam calendar 782/783
Seleucid era Babylon: 1917/18 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 1918/19 (turn of the year October)

Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1663/64 (April)


Politics and world events


  • Sommer: Another pretender is using the unstable domestic political situation in Russia to make another attempt against the Vasilis IV regime . He appears as the second pseudodimitri in Starodub in July and once again rallies the peasants and Cossacks who were scattered in the defeat of Ivan Isayevich Bolotnikov . His company receives open support from Poland and individual representatives of the Russian nobility who are hostile to Vasily. In December he and his troops stood before Bryansk without encountering any significant resistance.
  • After the defeat, Ivan Isajewitsch Bolotnikow holed up in the Tula fortress , which has been besieged by Vasily IV's troops since mid-June. On 10 October the inhabitants open the gates, Bolotnikov is captured and in 1608 Kargopol blinded and drowned. The insurrectionary movement is thus robbed of its leading head and soon collapses.


Eighty Years War

Battle of Gibraltar
  • April 25th : The Dutch fleet under Jacob van Heemskerk defeats the Spanish naval forces in the Eighty Years' War in the battle of Gibraltar , although the Dutch admiral is killed in the battle. The following day, the Dutch squadron remained in the Bay of Gibraltar and attempted an attack on the fortress itself, but this failed. The Dutch seafarers therefore start plundering the suburbs from which the population has already fled. The Dutch eventually leave Gibraltar and cruise around the Azores , Canary Islands and along the Portuguese coast in search of prizes before heading back home to the United Provinces.

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Map of Asia 1607


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