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Heads of State · Nekrolog

Pope Urban VIII in a portrait painting by Pietro da Cortona
Maffeo Barberini is
as Urban VIII. Pope.
Original drawing of the calculating machine by Wilhelm Schickard
Wilhelm Schickard builds
the first calculating machine .
Battle of Stadtlohn 1623. Etching from 1626 in Strünkede Castle, Herne
The battle of Stadtlohn ends with a devastating defeat for Christian von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel .
1623 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 1071/72 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1615/16 (September 11-12)
Bengali solar calendar 1028/1029 (beginning of April 14th or 15th)
Buddhist calendar 2166/67 (southern Buddhism); 2165/66 (alternative calculation according to Buddhas Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 71st (72nd) cycle

Year of the Water Pig癸亥 ( at the beginning of the year Water Dog 壬戌)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 985/986 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 3956/57 (October 2/3)
Iranian calendar 1001/02
Islamic calendar 1032/33 (New Year 24/25 October)
Jewish calendar 5383/84 (September 24/25)
Coptic calendar 1339/40 (September 11-12)
Malayalam calendar 798/799
Seleucid era Babylon: 1933/34 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 1934/35 (turn of the year October)

Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1679/80 (April)


Politics and world events

Holy Roman Empire

Awarding of the electoral dignity to Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria at the Regensburg Fürstentag
Duke Christian von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel in splendid armor

American colonies

At the endeavors of the Puritan John White , the Dorchester Company founded a fishing colony on Cape Ann near the present-day city of Gloucester , which was unsuccessful for the time being. In 1629 , however, the Massachusetts Bay Colony developed from it .



The Laughing and wainend Müntz Legat , contemporary pamphlet with Valvationstabelle that the decay of different currencies during the Kipper and Wipper period shows

science and technology


Visual arts

Still life 1623

Literature and theater

Title page of the First Folio with the famous Shakespeare portrait by Martin Droeshout




On July 8 dies Pope Gregory XV. after two years of pontificate in Rome. On August 6, after 18 days of deliberation, the Maffeo conclave elects Cardinal Barberini as his successor. He takes the name Urban VIII . With this, the power of the Italian noble family Barberini reached its peak.




First half of the year

Blaise Pascal

Second half of the year

Exact date of birth unknown


First half of the year

Second half of the year

Tomb of Gregory XV.

Exact date of death unknown

Died around 1623

  • Jacob Paix , German organist, organ builder, conductor, composer and publisher (* 1556 )

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