May 23
Today In History

Historical Events in 1618

1618 Johannes Kepler, after initial rejection, rediscovers and affirms his groundbreaking third law of planetary motion, a celestial revelation that reshapes our understanding of the cosmos.

1618 May 23, 1618, marks the historic moment known as the Second Defenestration of Prague, an event that ignited the powder keg of the Thirty Years' War, a devastating conflict that would engulf Europe for decades to come.

1618 Dutch Journalism Debut: Joris Veseler printed the inaugural Dutch newspaper, Courante uyt Italien, Duytslandt, &c., in Amsterdam.

1618 In Utrecht, a pivotal event unfolded as Maurice, Prince of Orange, disbanded the waardgelders militia. This action played a crucial role in the Remonstrant/Counter-Remonstrant tensions.

1618 The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar ushers in the twelfth baktun, a momentous event with profound cultural and historical significance.

1618 The beheading of English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh reverberates through the court of James I of England. Accused of conspiring against the king, Raleigh's execution marks the end of an era in English exploration and politics.

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