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|Centuries:||16th century – 17th century – 18th century|
|Decades:||1580s 1590s 1600s – 1610s – 1620s 1630s 1640s|
|Years:||1615 1616 1617 – 1618 – 1619 1620 1621|
|1618 by topic:|
|Arts and Science|
|Architecture - Art - Literature - Music - Science|
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|Establishments - Disestablishments|
|Ab urbe condita||2371|
|English Regnal year||15 Ja. 1 – 16 Ja. 1|
— to —戊午年十一月十五日
|- Vikram Samvat||1674–1675|
|- Shaka Samvat||1540–1541|
|- Kali Yuga||4719–4720|
|- Ǹrí Ìgbò||618–619|
|Japanese calendar||Genna 4
|Juche calendar||N/A (before 1912)|
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 10 days|
|Minguo calendar||294 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2161|
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- March 8 – Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion (he soon rejects the idea after some initial calculations were made but on May 15 confirms the discovery).
- May 23 – The Second Defenestration of Prague – Protestant noblemen hold a mock trial and throw two direct representatives of Ferdinand II of Germany (Imperial Governors) and their scribe out of a window into a pile of manure, exacerbating a low-key rebellion into the Bohemian Revolt (1618–1621) precipitating the Thirty Years' War into armed conflict and further polarizing Europe on religious grounds.
- June 14 – Joris Veseler prints the first Dutch newspaper Courante uyt Italien, Duytslandt, &c. in Amsterdam (approximate date).
- July 20 – Pluto reaches, according to sophisticated mathematical calculations, its second most recent aphelion. The next one occurs in 1866, and the following one will occur 2113.
- August 29 – Johan van Oldenbarnevelt and Hugo Grotius are imprisoned by Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange.
- September 4 – Rodi avalanche: A rock- or snowslide buries the Alpine town of Piuro, claiming 2,427 victims.
- September 18 – Beginning of the 13th Baktun in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar (188.8.131.52.0).
- September 19–November 21 – Thirty Years' War: The Siege of Plzeň occurs.
- October 9 – residents of Mogilev revolt against the Uniate bishop Josaphat Kuntsevych.
- October 29 – English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England.
- November 13 – The Synod of Dort has its first meeting.
- December 11 – Russia and Poland signs Truce of Deulino.
Date unknown 
- The markgraves of Brandenburg are granted Polish approval to inherit the Duchy of Prussia, creating the state of Brandenburg-Prussia.
- Osman II deposes his uncle Mustafa I as Ottoman Emperor (until 1622).
- The 3,000 seat Teatro Farnese, the first permanent proscenium theatre, is built into the Great Hall of the Palazzo della Pilotta in Parma, Italy.
- The Ming Chinese embassy of the Wanli Emperor presents tea to the Russian tsar.
- January 1 – Bartolomé Estéban Murillo, Spanish painter (d. 1682)
- April 2 – Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Italian mathematician and physicist (d. 1663)
- April 13 – Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy, French writer (d. 1693)
- November 3 – Aurangzeb, Mughal Emperor of India (d. 1707)
- November – Simon Arnauld de Pomponne, French diplomat and minister of Louis XIV (d. 1699)
- date unknown
- February 20 – Philip William, Prince of Orange (b. 1554)
- March 23 – James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Abercorn, Scottish politician (b. c. 1575)
- June 7 – Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, English Governor of Virginia (b. 1577)
- August 23 – Gerbrand Adriaensz Bredero, Dutch writer (b. 1585)
- September 28 – Joshua Sylvester, English poet (b. 1563)
- October 29 – Sir Walter Raleigh, English courtier and settler of Virginia (executed) (b. 1554)
- November 2 – Archduke Maximilian III of Austria (b. 1558)
- December 6 – Jacques-Davy Duperron, French cardinal (b. 1556)
- December 10 – Giulio Caccini, Italian composer (b. 1551)
- probable – Chief Powhatan (proper name Wahunsenacawh), father of Pocahontas (b. c. 1547)