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This article is about the year 1621. For the number, see 1621 (number).
|Centuries:||16th century – 17th century – 18th century|
|Decades:||1590s 1600s 1610s – 1620s – 1630s 1640s 1650s|
|Years:||1618 1619 1620 – 1621 – 1622 1623 1624|
|1621 by topic:|
|Arts and Science|
|Architecture - Art - Literature - Music - Science|
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|Ab urbe condita||2374|
|English Regnal year||18 Ja. 1 – 19 Ja. 1|
|Chinese calendar||庚申年 (Metal Monkey)
4317 or 4257
— to —
辛酉年 (Metal Rooster)
4318 or 4258
|- Vikram Samvat||1677–1678|
|- Shaka Samvat||1543–1544|
|- Kali Yuga||4722–4723|
|Japanese calendar||Genna 7
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 10 days|
|Minguo calendar||291 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2163–2164|
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- February 9 – Papal Conclave of 1621: Pope Gregory XV succeeds Pope Paul V as the 234th pope.
- February 17 – Myles Standish is appointed as the first commander of Plymouth Colony.
- March 16 – Samoset, a Mohegan, visits the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greets them, "Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset."
- March 22 – The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony sign a peace treaty with Massasoit of the Wampanoags.
- March 31 – King Philip IV of Spain begins his 44-year rule.
- April – The Twelve Years' Truce between the Dutch Republic and the Spanish Empire expires, and both sides prepare to resume the Eighty Years' War.
- April 1 – The Plymouth, Massachusetts colonists create the first treaty with native Americans.
- April 5 – The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth on a return trip to England.
- May 24 – The Protestant Union is formally dissolved.
- June 3 – The Dutch West India Company is founded.
- June 21 – Thirty Years' War: Twenty-seven Czech lords are executed on the Old Town Square in Prague as a consequence of the Battle of White Mountain.
- June 24 – Huguenot rebellions: Saint-Jean-d'Angély is taken after a 26 day siege by Royal forces.
- July 25 – Thirty Years' War: The Battle of Neu Titschein is fought; remnants of the Bohemian army manage to hold off the Imperial advance in Silesia for the moment.
- September–October – Battle of Khotyn: Polish troops hold off a large Ottoman army for over a month.
- August – Huguenot rebellions: Louis XIII of France besieges the Huguenot city of Montauban in the Siege of Montauban, but is forced to abandon his siege two months later.
- October – The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and Wampanoags celebrate a harvest feast (3 days), later regarded as the "First Thanksgiving", noted for peaceful co-existence.
- October 9 – The Treaty of Khotyn is signed between the Ottoman Empire and the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, ending the First Polish-Ottoman War.
- November 11 – The ship Fortune arrives at Plymouth Colony, with 35 more settlers.
- December 31 – Thirty Years' War: The Peace of Nikolsburg is signed between Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor and Gabor Bethlen, Prince of Transylvania. Bethlen agreed to renounce his claims to Hungary. In return Bethlen received several counties and lands along the eastern border of the Holy Roman Empire, and Moravia was granted religious freedom.
- The Venezuelan city of Petare is founded by Spanish conquistadors as San Jose de Guanarito.
- The Swedish city of Gothenburg is founded by King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden. The king also grants city rights to Luleå, Piteå and Torneå (Tornio). Riga falls under the rule of Sweden.
- The Dutch mathematician and astronomer, Willebrord Snel van Royen (1580–1626), discovers the famous law of refraction, also known as "Snellius' law".
- Tamblot starts the Tamblot Uprising
- The Dutch East India Company sends 2000 soldiers under the command of Jan Pieterszoon Coen to the Banda Islands in order to force the local inhabitants to accept the Dutch trade monopoly on the lucrative nutmeg, grown almost exclusively on the Banda islands. The soldiers proceed to massacre most of the 15,000 indigenous inhabitants.
- January 3 – Claude Maltret, French Jesuit (d. 1674)
- January 16 – Magnus Celsius, Swedish astronomer and mathematician (d. 1679)
- January 27 – Thomas Willis, English doctor who plays an important part in the history of anatomy (d. 1675)
- January 30 – George II Rákóczi, Hungarian nobleman (d. 1660)
- February 2 – Johannes Schefferus, Alsatian-born humanist (d. 1679)
- February 4 – Frederick, Burgrave of Dohna, Dutch officer and governor of Orange (d. 1688)
- February 14
- Sibylla Schwarz, German poet (d. 1638)
- Lamoral II Claudius Franz, Count of Thurn and Taxis, German nobleman and Postmaster General of the Holy Roman Empire (1646-1676) (d. 1676)
- February 20 – Erzsébet Thurzó, Hungarian noblewoman (d. 1642)
- February 21 – Rebecca Nurse, English-born accused witch in the American colonies (executed 1692)
- March 1 – John Alleyn (MP), Cornish politician (d. 1663)
- March 2 – Louis Günther II, Count of Schwarzburg-Ebeleben (d. 1681)
- March 9 – Egbert van der Poel, Dutch painter (d. 1664)
- March 15 – Georg Neumark, German poet and composer of hymns (d. 1681)
- March 27 – Margrave Charles Magnus of Baden-Durlach, titular margrave of Baden-Durlach (d. 1658)
- March 28 – Heinrich Schwemmer, German music teacher and composer (d. 1696)
- March 31 – Andrew Marvell, English metaphysical poet and politician (d. 1678)
- April 1 – Guru Tegh Bahadur, 9th Sikh Guru (d. 1675)
- April 7 – Crato, Count of Nassau-Saarbrücken (d. 1642)
- April 17
- April 23 – William Penn (Royal Navy officer), English admiral and politician (d. 1670)
- April 25 – Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, Anglo-Irish soldier, statesman and dramatist (d. 1679)
- May 25 – David Beck, Dutch portrait painter (d. 1656)
- June 1 – Jacob van der Ulft, Dutch painter (d. 1689)
- June 2
- June 6 – Petar Zrinski, Croatian viceroy (executed 1671)
- June 16 – Edward Proger, Member of Parliament for Brecknockshire (d. 1713)
- June 29 – Willem van der Zaan, Dutch Admiral (d. 1669)
- July 1 – Cornelis de Man, Dutch painter (d. 1706)
- July 8
- July 22 – Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician (d. 1683)
- July 24 – Jan Andrzej Morsztyn, Polish poet (d. 1693)
- August 12 – Albert d'Orville, Belgian Jesuit missionary (d. 1662)
- August 13
- August 19 – Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Dutch painter (d. 1674)
- August 22 – Adriaen van Gaesbeeck, Dutch painter of genre subjects and portraits (d. 1650)
- August 28 – Sir Richard Grobham Howe, 2nd Baronet, English Member of Parliament (d. 1703)
- September 8 – Louis, Grand Condé, French general (d. 1686)
- September 9 – Henry X, Count of Reuss-Lobenstein, Rector of the University of Leipzig (d. 1671)
- October 3 – Friedrich Werner, German musician (d. 1660)
- October 8 – Maximilian Henry of Bavaria, Roman Catholic bishop (d. 1688)
- October 21
- October 23 – Lord John Stewart, Scottish aristocrat, Royalist commander in the English Civil War (d. 1645)
- October 24 – Serafina of God, founder of seven Carmelite monasteries of nuns in southern Italy (d. 1699)
- November 11 – Israel Tonge, English churchman and anti-Catholic conspirator (d. 1680)
- November 15
- December 3 – Bohuslav Balbín, Czech writer and Jesuit (d. 1688)
- December 10 – Christian Albert, Burgrave and Count of Dohna, German nobleman and general (d. 1677)
- December 12 – Gerard Pietersz Hulft, Dutch general (d. 1656)
- December 23
- Approximate date – Richard Allestree, English churchman and provost of Eton College (d. 1681)
- January 28 – Pope Paul V (b. 1550)
- February 15 – Michael Praetorius, German composer (b. 1571)
- February 28 – Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1590)
- March 31 – King Philip III of Castile (Philip II of Portugal) (b. 1578)
- April 1 – Cristofano Allori, Italian painter (b. 1577)
- April 15 – John Carver, first governor of Plymouth Colony
- May 11 – Johann Arndt, German theologian (b. 1555)
- May 15 – Hendrick de Keyser, Dutch architect and sculptor (b. 1565)
- June 8 – Anne de Xainctonge, French saint (b. 1567)
- June 21 – Kryštof Harant z Polžic a Bezdružic, Bohemian composer, soldier, and author (executed) (b. 1564)
- July 2 – Thomas Harriot, English astronomer and mathematician (b. c. 1560)
- July 10 – Charles Bonaventure de Longueval, Count of Bucquoy, soldier in Habsburg service (b. 1571)
- July 13 – Albert VII, Archduke of Austria, Governor of the Low Countries (b. 1559)
- August 3 – Guillaume du Vair, French writer (b. 1556)
- August 15 – John Barclay, Scottish writer (b. 1582)
- September 17 – Robert Bellarmine, Italian saint (b. 1542)
- September 24 – Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Polish military commander (b. 1560)
- September 25 – Mary Sidney, English writer, patroness and translator (b. 1561)
- October 8 – Antoine de Montchrestien, French dramatist and economist (b. c. 1575)
- October 16 – Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Dutch composer (b. 1562)
- November 26 – Ralph Agas, English surveyor (b. c. 1540)
- December 13 – Katarina Stenbock, queen of Gustav I of Sweden (b. 1535)
- December 15 – Charles d'Albert, duc de Luynes, Constable of France (b. 1578)