1608 in history

1608 events chronologically

Jan 7 Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia
Jan 17 Emperor Susenyos surprises an Oromo army at Ebenat; his army reportedly kills 12,000 Oromo at the cost of 400 of his men
Mar 18 Susenyos is formally crowned Emperor of Ethiopia
May 14 The Protestant Union is founded in Auhausen
Jun 3 Samuel de Champlain completes his third voyage to New France at Tadoussac, Quebec
Jul 3 Québec City is founded by Samuel de Champlain
Jul 30 At Ticonderoga (now Crown Point, New York), Samuel de Champlain shoots and kills two Iroquois chiefs. This was to set the tone for French-Iroquois relations for the next one hundred years

Top 7 most famous people born in 1608

Jan 28 Giovanni Alfonso Borelli a Renaissance Italian physiologist, physicist, and mathematician. He contributed to the modern principle of scientific investigation by continuing Galileo's custom of testing hypotheses against observation. Trained in mathematics, Borelli also made extensive studies of Jupiter's moons, the mechanics of animal locomotion and, in microscopy, of the constituents of blood. He also used microscopy to investigate the stomatal movement of plants, and undertook studies in medicine and geology. During his career, he enjoyed the patronage of Queen Christina of Sweden
Feb 6 António Vieira a Portuguese Jesuit philosopher and writer, the "prince" of Catholic pulpit-orators of his time.
Apr 25 Gaston Duke of Orléans the third son of King Henry IV of France and his wife Marie de Medici. As a son of the king, he was born a Fils de France. He later acquired the title Duke of Orléans, by which he was generally known during his adulthood. As the eldest surviving brother of King Louis XIII, he was known at court by the traditional honorific Monsieur
Jul 13 Ferdinand III Holy Roman Emperor Holy Roman Emperor from 15 February 1637 until his death, as well as King of Hungary and Croatia, King of Bohemia and Archduke of Austria.
Oct 15 Evangelista Torricelli also known for his advances in optics.
Dec 6 George Monck 1st Duke of Albemarle an English soldier, a politician and was the key figure in effecting the Restoration of the Monarchy to King Charles II in 1660.
Dec 9 John Milton an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost , written in blank verse

Top 7 most famous people died in 1608

Apr 19 Thomas Sackville 1st Earl of Dorset an English statesman, poet, and dramatist. He was the son of Richard Sackville, a cousin to Anne Boleyn. He was a Member of Parliament and Lord High Treasurer
Apr 29 Maria Anna of Bavaria (1551–1608) the daughter of Albert V, Duke of Bavaria and Anna of Austria , and the wife of Archduke Charles II of Austria.
May 14 Charles III Duke of Lorraine Duke of Lorraine from 1545 until his death.
Jul 18 Joachim III Frederick Elector of Brandenburg Prince-elector of the Margraviate of Brandenburg from 1598 until his death.
Jul 25 Pomponio Nenna a Neapolitan Italian composer of the Renaissance. He is mainly remembered for his madrigals, which were influenced by Gesualdo, and for his polychoral sacred motets, posthumously published as Sacrae Hebdomadae Responsoria in 1622
Aug 13 Giambologna a Flemish sculptor, known for his marble and bronze statuary in a late Renaissance or Mannerist style.
Nov 14 Bartolomeo Carducci an Italian painter, better known as Carducho, the Spanish corruption of his Italian patronymic.