1621 in history

1621 events chronologically

Feb 9 Gregory XV becomes Pope, the last Pope elected by acclamation
Feb 17 Myles Standish is appointed as first commander of Plymouth colony
Mar 16 Samoset, a Mohegan, visited the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greets them, "Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset."
Mar 22 The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony sign a peace treaty with Massasoit of the Wampanoags
Apr 5 The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to England
May 24 The Protestant Union is formally dissolved
Jun 3 The Dutch West India Company receives a charter for New Netherland

Top 7 most famous people born in 1621

Jan 27 Thomas Willis an English doctor who played an important part in the history of anatomy, neurology and psychiatry. He was a founding member of the Royal Society
Mar 31 Andrew Marvell an English metaphysical poet and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1659 and 1678. As a metaphysical poet, he is associated with John Donne and George Herbert. He was a colleague and friend of John Milton. His poems include "To His Coy Mistress", "The Garden", "An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland", "The Mower's Song" and the country house poem "Upon Appleton House"
Apr 1 Guru Tegh Bahadur also known as Hind-di-Chaadar for protecting Hindus and Sikhs against forced conversion in the hands of Muslims under Aurangzeb, became the 9th Guru of Sikhs on 16 April 1664, a position earlier occupied by his grand-nephew, Guru Har Krishan. Guru Tegh Bahadur was executed on the orders of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in Delhi for resisting the forced conversions of Hindus in Kashmir
Apr 17 Henry Vaughan a Welsh author, physician and metaphysical poet.
Jul 8 Jean de La Fontaine the most famous French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, and in French regional languages
Jul 22 Anthony Ashley Cooper 1st Earl of Shaftesbury also remembered as the patron of John Locke.
Sep 8 Louis Grand Condé a French general and the most famous representative of the Condé branch of the House of Bourbon. Prior to his father's death in 1646, he was styled the Duc d'Enghien. For his military prowess he was renowned as le Grand Condé

Top 7 most famous people died in 1621

Jan 28 Pope Paul V Pope from 16 May 1605 to his death in 1621.
Feb 15 Michael Praetorius a German composer, organist, and music theorist. He was one of the most versatile composers of his age, being particularly significant in the development of musical forms based on Protestant hymns, many of which reflect an effort to improve the relationship between Protestants and Catholics
Mar 31 Philip III of Spain King of Spain and Portugal.
Jul 2 Thomas Harriot an English astronomer, mathematician, ethnographer, and translator. He is sometimes credited with the introduction of the potato to the British Isles. Harriot was the first person to make a drawing of the Moon through a telescope, on 26 July 1609, over four months before Galileo
Jul 13 Albert VII Archduke of Austria the ruling Archduke of Austria for a few months in 1619 and, jointly with his wife, Isabella Clara Eugenia, sovereign of the Habsburg Netherlands between 1598 and 1621. Prior to this, he had been a cardinal, archbishop of Toledo, viceroy of Portugal and Governor General of the Habsburg Netherlands. He succeeded his brother Matthias as reigning archduke of Lower and Upper Austria, but abdicated in favor of Ferdinand II the same year, making it the shortest reign in Austrian history
Sep 17 Robert Bellarmine an Italian Jesuit and a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was one of the most important figures in the Counter-Reformation. He was canonized in 1930 and named a Doctor of the Church. Bellarmine is also widely remembered for his role in the Galileo affair
Oct 16 Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck a Dutch composer, organist, and pedagogue whose work straddled the end of the Renaissance and beginning of the Baroque eras. He was among the first major keyboard composers of Europe, and his work as a teacher helped establish the north German organ tradition