1609 in History
January 31 Wisselbank of Amsterdam established
March 12 Bermuda becomes an English colony
March 25 Henry Hudson embarks on an exploration for Dutch East India Co.
April 9 Spain and Netherlands sign 12 Year Resistant Pact
June 17 Netherlands, England and France sign 12 year Covenant
July 6 Majesteitsbrief: Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemia freedom of religion
July 9 Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemian protestants freedom of religion
July 10 Catholic German monarchy forms Catholic League
July 20 Emperor Rudolf II grants Silezische protestants freedom of religion
July 28 Admiral George Somers settles in Bermuda
August 8 Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope
August 25 Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers
August 28 Henry Hudson, discovers and explores Delaware Bay
September 1 Pieter Both sworn in as 1st Governor-General of East Indies
October 12 Children's rhyme "Three Blind Mice," published in London