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This article is about the year 1607. For the number, see 1607 (number).
|Centuries:||16th century – 17th century – 18th century|
|Decades:||1570s 1580s 1590s – 1600s – 1610s 1620s 1630s|
|Years:||1604 1605 1606 – 1607 – 1608 1609 1610|
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|Ab urbe condita||2360|
|English Regnal year||4 Ja. 1 – 5 Ja. 1|
|Chinese calendar||丙午年 (Fire Horse)
4303 or 4243
— to —
丁未年 (Fire Goat)
4304 or 4244
|- Vikram Samvat||1663–1664|
|- Shaka Samvat||1529–1530|
|- Kali Yuga||4708–4709|
|Japanese calendar||Keichō 12
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 10 days|
|Minguo calendar||305 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2149–2150|
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Events of 1607
- January 13 – The Bank of Genoa fails after the announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain.
- January 19 – San Agustin Church, Manila, is officially completed; it is currently the oldest church in the Philippines
- January 30 – A massive wave sweeps along the Bristol Channel, possibly a tsunami, killing 2,000 people.
- February 24 – Première of Claudio Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, the earliest fully developed opera in the modern-day repertoire, at the Ducal Palace of Mantua.
- March 10 – Susenyos defeats the combined armies of Yaqob and Abuna Petros II at the Battle of Gol in Gojjam, which makes him Emperor of Ethiopia.
- April 25 – Battle of Gibraltar: A Dutch fleet destroys a Spanish fleet anchored in the Bay of Gibraltar.
- April 26 – English colonists make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia, later moving up the James River.
- May 14 – Jamestown, Virginia, is established as the first permanent English settlement in North America (the modern-day United States), beginning the American frontier.
- May 15 – Jamestown: Christopher Newport, George Percy, Gabriel Archer, and others travel 6 days exploring along the James River up to the falls and Powhatan's village.
- May 26
- Jamestown: The president directs the fort to be strengthened and armed against the many attacks of the natives: "Hereupon the President was contented the Fort should be pallisadoed, the ordinance mounted, his men armed and exercised, for many were the assaults and Ambuscadoes of the Savages ..." [John Smith, Proceedings (Barbour 1964)]
- 200 armed Indians attack the Jamestown settlement, killing 2 and wounding 10.
- May 28 – Jamestown: The Fort is pallisadoed: "we laboured, pallozadoing our fort" [Gabriel Archer (Arber)].
- June 5 – John Hall marries Susanna, daughter of William Shakespeare.
- June 8 – Newton rebellion: The Tresham landowners family kills 40–50 peasants during protests against the enclosure of common land in Newton, Northamptonshire, England, at the culmination of the Midland Revolt.
- June 10 – Jamestown: Captain John Smith is released from arrest and sworn in as a member of the colony Council.
- June 15 – Jamestown: The triangular fort is completed and armed: "The fifteenth of June we had built and finished our Fort, which was triangle wise, having three Bulwarkes, at every corner, like a halfe Moone, and foure or five pieces of Artillerie mounted in them. We had made our selves sufficiently strong for these Savages. We had also sowne most of our Corne on two Mountaines." [George Percy (Tyler 1952:19)]
- June 22 – Christopher Newport sails back to England.
- June 27 – Jamestown: The colony bears extreme toil in strengthening the fort [from John Smith, Proceedings (Barbour 1964:210)].
- August 13 – The ship Gift of God of the Plymouth Company arrives at the mouth of the modern-day Kennebec River in Maine. English colonists establish Fort St. George, also known as the Popham Colony. The settlement lasts little more than a year, before residents return to England in the first oceangoing ship built in the New World, a 30-ton pinnace called The Virginia.
- September 5 – Hamlet is performed aboard the East India Company ship Red Dragon, under the command of Capt. William Keeling, anchored off the coast of Sierra Leone, the first known performance of a Shakespeare play outside England in English, and the first by amateurs.
- September 10 – Jamestown President Edward Maria Wingfield is deposed and John Ratcliffe elected.
- September 14 – Flight of the Earls: Hugh O'Neill, 2nd Earl of Tyrone, and Rudhraighe Ó Domhnail, 1st Earl of Tyrconnell, flee Ireland for Spain with ninety followers to avoid capture by the English crown, never to return.
- December (early) – Captain John Smith of the Jamestown Colony is captured by Opchancanough and then sent to Chief Powhatan for execution; Pocahontas rescues him.
- Spain is effectively bankrupt.
- The rule of Andorra passes jointly to the king of France and the Bishop of Urgell.
- Yaqob is defeated in battle and deposed by his cousin Susenyos, who then becomes Emperor of Ethiopia.
- In the Midland Revolt against Enclosures in England, the term Levellers is first used.
- Missionary Juan Fonte establishes the first Jesuit mission among the Tarahumara, in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Northwest Mexico.
- January 10 – Isaac Jogues, Jesuit missionary to the native Americans (d. 1646)
- March 20 – Lady Alice Boyle, Irish noblewoman (d. 1667)
- March 24 – Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch admiral (d. 1676)
- July 12 – Jean Petitot, Swiss enamel painter (d. 1691)
- July 13 – Václav Hollar, Bohemian etcher (d. 1677)
- August – Claude de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French courtier (d. 1693)
- November 1 – Georg Philipp Harsdorffer, German poet (d. 1658)
- November 15 – Madeleine de Scudéry, French writer (d. 1701)
- November 26 – John Harvard, American clergyman (d. 1638)
- date unknown
- Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll (d. 1661)
- Thomas Barlow, Bishop of Lincoln (d. 1691)
- John Boys, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (d. 1664)
- John Dixwell, English judge and regicide (d. 1689)
- Jan Kazimierz Krasiński, Polish nobleman (d. 1669)
- Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton (d. 1667)
- Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, Spanish dramatist (d. 1660)
- probable – Yagyū Jūbei Mitsuyoshi, Japanese samurai (d. 1650)
- March 11 – Giovanni Maria Nanino, Italian composer (b. c. 1543)
- May – Edward Dyer, English courtier and poet (b. 1543)
- May 21 – John Rainolds, English scholar and Bible translator (b. 1549)
- June 2 – Yūki Hideyasu, daimyo (b. 1574)
- June 7 – Johannes Matelart, composer (b. c. 1538)
- June 10 – John Popham, Lord Chief Justice of England (b. 1553)
- June 19 – Patriarch Job of Moscow
- June 28 – Domenico Fontana, Italian architect (b. 1543)
- June 30 – Caesar Baronius, Italian cardinal and historian (b. 1538)
- August 22 – Bartholomew Gosnold, English explorer and privateer (b. 1572)
- September 10 – Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Italian composer (b. 1545)
- September 22 – Alessandro Allori, Italian painter (b. 1535)
- December 20 – Sir John Bourke (b. 1550)
- date unknown
- probable – Henry Chettle, English writer (b. 1564)