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This article is about the year 1620. For the computer, see IBM 1620.
|Centuries:||16th century – 17th century – 18th century|
|Decades:||1590s 1600s 1610s – 1620s – 1630s 1640s 1650s|
|Years:||1617 1618 1619 – 1620 – 1621 1622 1623|
|1620 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||2373|
|English Regnal year||17 Ja. 1 – 18 Ja. 1|
|Chinese calendar||己未年 (Earth Goat)
4316 or 4256
— to —
庚申年 (Metal Monkey)
4317 or 4257
|- Vikram Samvat||1676–1677|
|- Shaka Samvat||1542–1543|
|- Kali Yuga||4721–4722|
|Japanese calendar||Genna 6
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 10 days|
|Minguo calendar||292 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2162–2163|
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- February 4 – Prince Bethlen Gabor signs a peace treaty with Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor.
- May 17 – The first merry-go-round is seen at a fair (Philippapolis, Turkey).
- June 3 – The oldest stone church in French North America, Notre-Dame-des-Anges, is begun at Quebec City, Canada.
- July 3 – Under the terms of the Treaty of Ulm, the Protestant Union declares neutrality and ceases to support Frederick V of Bohemia.
- July 15 – The ship Speedwell departs Delfshaven with the Leiden colonists and Pilgrims.
- August 5 (O.S.) – The Mayflower and Speedwell depart together from Plymouth, England, but the Speedwell starts to leak again and must stop.
- August 7
- August 8 – Mysterious rain of frogs in Weil der Stadt.
- September 6 (O.S.) – The Mayflower departs from Plymouth, England, on its 3rd attempt without the Speedwell, arriving on November 11 (Old Style date) at Cape Cod (named from Concord voyage of 1602).
- September 17–October 7 – Battle of Cecora: The Ottoman Empire defeats Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth–Moldavian troops.
- October 6 – The Roman Catholic Ras Sela Kristos, half-brother of the Emperor Susenyos crushes a group of rebels in at Mount Amedamit in Gojjam, Ethiopia, who were opposed to Susenyos' pro-Catholic beliefs.
- November 3 – The Great Patent is granted to Plymouth Colony.
- November 8 – Thirty Years' War – Battle of White Mountain: Catholic forces are victorious in only two hours near Prague.
- November 21 (November 11 O.S.) – The Mayflower arrives inside the tip of Cape Cod at what becomes known as Provincetown Harbor, with the Pilgrims and Planters. 41 Plymouth Colony settlers sign the Mayflower Compact, the first governing document of the colony, onboard the ship.
- November 25 – Wedding of Gustav II Adolf and Maria Eleonora
- December 21 – Plymouth Colony: William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what becomes known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- A severe frost in England, with the Thames frozen. 13 continuous days of snow in Scotland. On Eskdale Moor only 35 of a flock of 20,000 sheep survive.
- Francis Bacon publishes the Novum Organum (beyond Aristotle's Organon) on logical thinking.
- Two officers of the British East India Company attempt to claim the Table Mountain region (in present-day South Africa) for England, but fail.
- Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada restores Osaka Castle. Its current appearance dates from this remodeling.
- The modern violin is developed.
- Witch hunts begin in Scotland.
- Cornelis Drebbel, at the Thames, builds an undersea boat (history of submarines).
- Juan Pablo Bonet, teacher of deaf children in the Spanish court, creates the sign alphabet.
- Thirty Years' War (1618–1648) continues (principally on the territory of today's Germany).
- A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies by Bartolomé de las Casas and Origin and progress of the disturbances in the Netherlands by Johannes Gysius was re-published in the Netherlands.
- January 1
- January 5 – Miklós Zrínyi, Croatian military commander (d. 1664)
- January 9 – Anton Günther I, Count of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen (d. 1666)
- January 17 – Anton Janson, Dutch type founder and printer (d. 1687)
- January 31 – Prince Georg Friedrich of Waldeck, Dutch General and German Field Marshal (d. 1692)
- February 1 – Gustaf Bonde, Swedish politician (d. 1667)
- February 3 – Sir James Clavering, 1st Baronet, English landowner (d. 1702)
- February 4 – Gustaf Bonde, Swedish statesman (d. 1667)
- February 5 – Paul Barbette, Dutch physician (d. 1666)
- February 13 – Girolamo Casanata, Italian cardinal (d. 1700)
- February 15 – François Charpentier, French archaeologist and man of letters (d. 1702)
- February 16 – Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg (d. 1688)
- February 23 – Francis Newport, 1st Earl of Bradford, English politician (d. 1708)
- March 10 – Johann Heinrich Hottinger, Swiss philologist and theologian (d. 1667)
- March 13 – Alexander Seton, 1st Viscount of Kingston (d. 1691)
- March 29 – Edward Digges, English barrister and colonist, Colonial Governor of Virginia (d. 1674)
- April 17 – Marguerite Bourgeoys, French Catholic nun, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (d. 1700)
- April 18 – Winston Churchill (1620–1688) (d. 1688)
- April 21 – Salvatore Castiglione, Italian painter (d. 1676)
- April 24 – John Graunt (d. 1674)
- May 3 – Bogusław Radziwiłł, Polish-Lithuanian noble (d. 1669)
- May 23 – Pieter Neefs the Younger, Flemish painter (d. 1675)
- May 25 – Warwick Mohun, 2nd Baron Mohun of Okehampton, Member of the English Parliament (d. 1665)
- June 6 – Sir John Covert, 1st Baronet, English politician (d. 1679)
- June 11 – John Moore (Lord Mayor), Member of Parliament for the City of London (d. 1702)
- July 8 – Zhang Huangyan (张煌言), Chinese writer，poet and military official of Ming dynasty(d. 1664)
- July 20
- July 21 – Jean Picard, French astronomer and priest (d. 1704)
- July 31 – Juan Ignacio de la Carrera Yturgoyen, Chilean politician (d. 1682)
- August 6 – William Hiseland (d. 1732)
- August 22 – Alexander Rigby (died 1694), English politician (d. 1694)
- August 24 – Thomas Stucley (MP), English politician (d. 1663)
- August 26 – Ernst Bogislaw von Croÿ (d. 1684)
- September 4 – Ernest Gottlieb, Prince of Anhalt-Plötzkau (d. 1654)
- September 6 – Isabella Leonarda, Italian composer (d. 1704)
- September 18 – Albert II, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, German prince (d. 1625)
- September 29 – John Louis of Elderen (d. 1694)
- October 1 – Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem, Dutch Golden Age painter of pastoral landscapes (d. 1683)
- October 4 – François-Henri Salomon de Virelade, French lawyer (d. 1670)
- October 15 – William Borlase (died 1665), English politician (d. 1665)
- October 16 – Pierre Paul Puget, French painter (d. 1694)
- October 20 – Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch painter (d. 1691)
- October 27 – Philip Louis, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Wiesenburg (d. 1689)
- October 31 – John Evelyn, English diarist and writer (d. 1706)
- November 10
- November 20 – Peregrine White, first English child born at Plymouth Colony (d. 1704)
- December 17
- December 18 – Heinrich Roth, missionary and pioneering Sanskrit scholar (d. 1668)
- December 23 – Johann Jakob Wepfer, Swiss pathologist (d. 1695)
- February 19 – Roemer Visscher, Dutch writer (b. 1547)
- March 1 – Thomas Campion, English poet and composer (b. 1567)
- March 17 – St. John Sarkander, Moravian priest (injuries caused by torturing) (b. 1576)
- March 25 – Johannes Nucius, German composer (b. c. 1556)
- May 6 – Hayyim ben Joseph Vital, Palestinian-born Kabbalist (b. 1543)
- May 16 – William Adams, English navigator and samurai (b. 1564)
- August 18 – Wanli Emperor of China (b. 1563)
- September 26 – Taichang Emperor of China (b. 1582)
- October 7 – Stanisław Żółkiewski, Polish military leader (b. 1547)
- Stratton, J.M. (1969). Agricultural Records. John Baker. ISBN 0-212-97022-4.
- "Mirror of the Cruel and Horrible Spanish Tyranny Perpetrated in the Netherlands, by the Tyrant, the Duke of Alba, and Other Commanders of King Philip II". World Digital Library. 1620. Retrieved 2013-08-25.