|Centuries:||16th century – 17th century – 18th century|
|Decades:||1570s 1580s 1590s – 1600s – 1610s 1620s 1630s|
|Years:||1599 1600 1601 – 1602 – 1603 1604 1605|
|1602 by topic:|
|Arts and Science|
|Architecture - Art - Literature - Music - Science|
|Lists of leaders|
|Colonial governors - State leaders|
|Birth and death categories|
|Births - Deaths|
|Establishments and disestablishments categories|
|Establishments - Disestablishments|
|Ab urbe condita||2355|
|English Regnal year||44 Eliz. 1 – 45 Eliz. 1|
|Chinese calendar||辛丑年 (Metal Ox)
4298 or 4238
— to —
壬寅年 (Water Tiger)
4299 or 4239
|- Vikram Samvat||1658–1659|
|- Shaka Samvat||1524–1525|
|- Kali Yuga||4703–4704|
|Japanese calendar||Keichō 7
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 10 days|
|Minguo calendar||310 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2144–2145|
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1602 (MDCII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (dominical letter F) of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Friday (dominical letter C) of the Julian calendar, the 1602nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 602nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 2nd year of the 17th century, and the 3rd year of the 1600s decade. Note that the Julian day for 1602 is 10 calendar days difference, which continued to be used from 1582 until the complete conversion of the Gregorian calendar was entirely done in 1929.
- January 3 – Battle of Kinsale: The battle happened on Thursday, 3 January 1602 according to the Gregorian calendar used by the Irish and Spanish forces in the battle, although, for the English who were still using the old Julian calendar, the date of the battle was Thursday, 24 December 1601.
- February 2 (Candlemas night) – First known production of William Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night, in London.
- March 20 – The United East India Company is established by the United Provinces States-General in Amsterdam, with the stated intention of capturing the spice trade from the Portuguese.
- May 15 – English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold becomes the first European at Cape Cod.
- June – James Lancaster's East India Company fleet arrives at Achin (now Aceh), Sumatra to deal with the local ruler. Having defeated Portugal's ally, the ruler is happy to do business, and Lancaster seizes a large Portuguese galleon and loots it.
- November 8 – The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened.
- December 11 – A surprise attack by forces under the command of Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, and his brother-in-law, Philip III of Spain, is repelled by the citizens of Geneva (This actually took place after midnight, in the early morning of December 12, but commemorations/celebrations on Fête de l'Escalade are usually held on December 11 or the closest weekend).
- Portuguese expelled from Bahrain.
- Ben Jonson writes The Poetaster.
- William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor is published.
- The Safavid dynasty of Persia and the Spanish Empire conclude a defensive alliance and declare war on the Ottoman Empire.
- A private trading company is established in Copenhagen, with a monopoly on the trade with Iceland.
- The iconoclast and Confucian scholar Li Zhi commits suicide while in a Chinese prison during the late Ming dynasty; he had taught that women were the intellectual equals of men and should be given equal opportunity in education; he was charged with spreading "dangerous ideas".
- Copies are printed of the geographical map of East Asia created by Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit stationed in Ming dynasty Beijing, China, with Chinese-written labeling and map symbols.
- Publication of the play A Larum for London, or the Siedge of Antwerp in London.
- February 14 – Francesco Cavalli, Italian composer (d. 1676)
- February 18 – Per Brahe the Younger, Swedish soldier and statesman (d. 1680)
- March 29 – John Lightfoot, English churchman and rabbinical scholar (d. 1675)
- April – William Lawes, English composer and musician (d. 1645)
- April 28 – Tokugawa Yorinobu, Japanese nobleman (d. 1671)
- April 30 – Robert Baillie, Scottish divine and historical writer (d. 1662)
- May 1 – William Lilly, English astrologer (d. 1681)
- May 2 – Athanasius Kircher, German scholar (d. 1680)
- May 26 – Philippe de Champaigne, French painter (d. 1674)
- July 9 – Maeda Gen'i, Buddhist priest
- July 14 – Cardinal Mazarin, French statesman (d. 1661)
- July 15 – John Bradshaw, English judge and regicide (d. 1659)
- August 8 – Gilles de Roberval, French mathematician (d. 1675)
- August 31 – Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, countess of Solms-Braunfels (d. 1675)
- October 12 – William Chillingworth, English churchman (d. 1644)
- September 29 – Algernon Percy, 10th Earl of Northumberland, English military leader (d. 1668)
- November 22 – Elisabeth of France, queen of Philip IV of Spain (d. 1644)
- November 30 – Otto von Guericke, German inventor and Mayor of Magdeburg (d. 1686)
- December 7 – Delano family, Plymouth Colony settler (d. 1681)
- December 18 – Simonds d'Ewes, English antiquarian and politician (d. 1650)
- date unknown
- John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton (d. 1678)
- Caesar, duc de Choiseul, French marshal and diplomat (d. 1675)
- John Greaves, English mathematician and antiquary (d. 1652)
- Jean-Baptiste Budes, Comte de Guébriant, marshal of France (d. 1643)
- Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester, English soldier (d. 1671)
- Henry Marten, English lawyer, politician and regicide (d. 1680)
- Théodore Moret, Belgian mathematician (d. 1667)
- Nectarius of Jerusalem, Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem (d. 1676)
- Dudley North, 4th Baron North, English politician (d. 1677)
- Katarzyna Ostrogska, Polish noblewoman (d. 1642)
- Antoine de l'Age, duc de Puylaurens, French courtier (d. 1635)
- February 13 – Alexander Nowell, English clergyman (b. 1507)
- February 19 – Philippe Emmanuel, Duke of Mercœur, French soldier (b. 1558)
- March 11 – Emilio de' Cavalieri, Italian composer (b. c. 1550)
- March 22 – Agostino Carracci, Italian painter and graphical artist (b. 1557)
- May 27 – Robert Stuart, Duke of Kintyre and Lorne, infant son of King James I/VI
- August 12 – Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak, Mughal vizier and historian (b. 1551)
- August 23 – Bastianino, painter (b. c. 1536)
- September 25 – Caspar Peucer, German reformer (b. 1525)
- October – Thomas Morley, English composer (b. 1557)
- October 28 – John, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein (b. 1583)
- October 30 – Jean-Jacques Boissard, French antiquary and Latin poet (b. 1528)
- November 29 – Anthony Holborne, English composer (b. c. 1545)
- December 1 – Kobayakawa Hideaki, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1582)
- December 29 – Jacopo Corsi, Italian composer (b. 1561)
- date unknown