1604 in history

1604 events chronologically

Jun 24 Samuel de Champlain discovers the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Sep 1 Adi Granth, now known as Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikhs, was first installed at Harmandir Sahib
Oct 9 Supernova 1604, the most recent supernova to be observed in the Milky Way
Oct 17 Kepler's Supernova: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus
Nov 1 William Shakespeare's tragedy Othello is performed for the first time, at Whitehall Palace in London

Top 7 most famous people born in 1604

Mar 19 John IV of Portugal the King of Portugal and the Algarves from 1640 to his death. He was the grandson of Catherine, Duchess of Braganza, who had in 1580 claimed the Portuguese crown and sparked the struggle for the throne of Portugal. John IV was nicknamed John the Restorer. On the eve of his death in 1656, the Portuguese Empire reached its zenith, spanning around the globe
Apr 5 Charles IV Duke of Lorraine Duke of Lorraine from 1624 to 1634, when he abdicated under French pressure in favor of his younger brother, Nicholas Francis, and again from 1661 until 1675.
Jun 4 Claudia de' Medici Regent of the Austrian County of Tyrol during the minority of her son from 1632 until 1646. She was a daughter of Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Christina of Lorraine. She was born in Florence, and was named after her grandmother Claude of Valois, herself granddaughter of Claude, Duchess of Brittany, consort to King Francis I of France
Jun 17 John Maurice Prince of Nassau-Siegen count and prince of Nassau-Siegen, and Grand Master of the Order of Saint John.
Aug 12 Tokugawa Iemitsu the third shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty. He was the eldest son of Tokugawa Hidetada, and the grandson of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Iemitsu ruled from 1623 to 1651
Aug 16 Bernard of Saxe-Weimar a German prince and general in the Thirty Years' War.
Nov 3 Osman II the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1618 until his death on 20 May 1622.

Top 7 most famous people died in 1604

Feb 13 Catherine de Bourbon the daughter of Queen Joan III and King Anthony of Navarre.
Feb 29 John Whitgift the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1583 to his death. Noted for his hospitality, he was somewhat ostentatious in his habits, sometimes visiting Canterbury and other towns attended by a retinue of 800 horses. Whitgift's theological views were often controversial
Mar 4 Fausto Sozzini an Italian theologian and founder of the school of Christian thought known as Socinianism and the main theologian of Polish Brethren.
May 4 Claudio Merulo an Italian composer, publisher and organist of the late Renaissance period, most famous for his innovative keyboard music and his ensemble music composed in the Venetian polychoral style. He was born in Correggio and died in Parma. He was born Claudio Merlotti and he Latinised his surname when he became famous in Venetian cultural clubs
May 13 Christine of Hesse Duchess consort of Holstein-Gottorp as the spouse of Duke Adolf of Holstein-Gottorp. She exerted some political influence as a widow after 1586
Jun 24 Edward de Vere 17th Earl of Oxford an English peer and courtier of the Elizabethan era. Oxford was heir to the second oldest earldom in the kingdom, a court favourite for a time, a sought-after patron of the arts, and noted by his contemporaries as a lyric poet and playwright, but his reckless and volatile temperament precluded him from attaining any courtly or governmental responsibility and contributed to the dissipation of his estate. Since the 1920s he has been the most popular alternative candidate proposed for the authorship of Shakespeare's works
Nov 23 Francesco Barozzi an Italian mathematician, astronomer and humanist.