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This article is about the year 1608.
|Centuries:||16th century – 17th century – 18th century|
|Decades:||1570s 1580s 1590s – 1600s – 1610s 1620s 1630s|
|Years:||1605 1606 1607 – 1608 – 1609 1610 1611|
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|Ab urbe condita||2361|
|English Regnal year||5 Ja. 1 – 6 Ja. 1|
|Chinese calendar||丁未年 (Fire Goat)
4304 or 4244
— to —
戊申年 (Earth Monkey)
4305 or 4245
|- Vikram Samvat||1664–1665|
|- Shaka Samvat||1530–1531|
|- Kali Yuga||4709–4710|
|Japanese calendar||Keichō 13
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 10 days|
|Minguo calendar||304 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2150–2151|
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- January 7 – Fire destroys "all the houses in the fort" at Jamestown; the fort is repaired in March.
- January 8 – Ensign Thomas Savage arrives in Jamestown with the First Supply under Christopher Newport.
- January 17 – Emperor Susenyos of Ethiopia defeats an Oromo army at Ebenat; 12,000 Oromo are reportedly killed at a cost of 400 Amhara.
- March 18 – Susenyos is formally crowned Emperor of Ethiopia at the ancient city of Axum.
- April 10 – Jamestown, Virginia: Christopher Newport again sails for England.
- May 14 – The Protestant Union is founded in Auhausen.
- July 3 – Quebec City is founded by Samuel de Champlain.
- July – The English ship Mary and Margaret, captained by Christopher Newport, leaves England bound for Jamestown, Virginia.
- August 24 – The first official English representative to India, Captain William Hawkins, lands at Surat.
- September 10 – John Smith is elected council president of Jamestown, and begins expanding the fort.
- September 21 – The University of Oviedo, Spain is founded.
- October 1 – At Jamestown, a second supply ship, the Mary and Margaret, arrives with Christopher Newport, including 70 settlers, bringing the population back up to 120; the passengers include 8 glassmen.
- October 2 – Dutch lens maker Hans Lippershey demonstrates the first telescope in the Dutch parliament.
- December – Jamestown: Christopher Newport returns to England carrying cargo with "tryals of Pitch, Tarre, Glasse, Frankincense, Sope Ashes ..."
- The first cheques are used in the Netherlands.
- Old Bushmills Distillery is founded in Bushmills, County Antrim, Ireland.
- Uniform Land-Tax Law is imposed in Korea.
- Five Royal Schools in Ulster are given Royal Charter by King James I
- January 28 – Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Italian physiologist and physicist (d. 1679)
- February 6 – Antonio Vieira, Portuguese writer (d. 1697)
- April 25 – Gaston, Duke of Orléans, third son of King Henry IV of France (d. 1660)
- June – Richard Fanshawe, English diplomat (d. 1666)
- July 13 – Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1657)
- July 14 – George Goring, Lord Goring, English Royalist soldier (d. 1657)
- October 15 – Evangelista Torricelli, Italian physicist and mathematician (d. 1647)
- December 6 – George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, English soldier (d. 1670)
- December 9 – John Milton, English poet (d. 1674)
- date unknown
- Daniello Bartoli, Italian Jesuit priest (d. 1685)
- John Desborough, English soldier and politician (d. 1680)
- Thomas Fuller, English churchman and historian (d. 1661)
- Edward Rainbowe, English clergyman and a preacher (d. 1684)
- Eudoxia Streshneva, Tsarina of Mikhail I of Russia (d. 1645)
- Torii Tadaharu, Japanese nobleman (d. 1651)
- January 29 – Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1557)
- February 13 – Konstanty Wasyl Ostrogski, Lithuanian prince (b. 1526)
- February 26 – John Still, English bishop (b. c. 1543)
- March 12 – Koriki Kiyonaga, Japanese warlord (b. 1530)
- April 19 – Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset, English statesman and poet (b. 1536)
- May 14 – Charles III, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1543)
- June 19 – Alberico Gentili, Italian jurist (b. 1551)
- July 18 – Joachim Friedrich, Elector of Brandenburg (b. 1546)
- August 1 – Rory O'Donnell, 1st Earl of Tyrconnell (b. 1575)
- August 13 – Giambologna, Italian sculptor (b. 1529)
- October 11 – Giovanni Ambrogio Figino, Italian painter (b. c. 1549)
- October 17 – Laurence Tomson, English Calvinist theologian (b. 1539)
- October 19
- date unknown
- "First Germans at Jamestown 1" (history), Davitt Publications, 2000, webpage: GHfirst.