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Seventeenth Century History

1600 – 1615

1600 Sumo wrestling becomes a professional sport in Japan. Tokyo, called Edo, made capital of Japan by Ieyasu.

1603 Galileo improves the telescope. King James I of Scotland becomes king over England and Scotland.

1605 Guy Fawkes caught while trying to blow up the English Parliament.

1606 The Union Jack adopted in England.

1607 Jamestown, Virginia established, first permanent English colony on American mainland.

1608 Hans Lippershey invents the first refracting telescope.

1609 The song “The Three Blind Mice” is published. Kepler publishes Brahe’s calculation of the orbit of Mars, revealing his first and second laws of planetary motion. Galileo Galilei constructs his telescope. Samuel de Champlain establishes French colony of Quebec.

1610 Galilei discovers Jupiter’s 4 largest moons.

1611 King James Bible published, originally with 80 Books (the Apocrypha officially removed in 1885 leaving only 66 books).

1613 Galilei publishes work on sunspots. John Rolfe marries Pocahontas, the Red Indian Princess.

1614 Scottish mathematician John Napier publishes the first logarithmic table Mirifici logarithmorum canonis descriptio, and coins the word “logarithm.”