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- 2.1 ±1601AD
- 2.2 1602AD
- 2.3 ±1603-8AD
- 2.4 1604AD
- 2.5 1605AD
- 2.6 1607AD
- 2.7 1608AD
- 2.8 1609AD
- 2.9 1610AD
- 2.10 1611AD
- 2.11 1613AD
- 2.12 1616AD
- 2.13 1618AD
- 2.14 1620AD
- 2.15 1623AD
- 2.16 1624AD
- 2.17 1625AD
- 2.18 1628AD
- 2.19 1632AD
- 2.20 1633AD
- 2.21 1635AD
- 2.22 1636AD
- 2.23 1637AD
- 2.24 1638AD
- 2.25 1641AD
- 2.26 1642AD
- 2.27 1643AD
- 2.28 1644AD
- 2.29 1648AD
- 2.30 1649AD
- 2.31 1652AD
- 2.32 1653AD
- 2.33 1657AD
- 2.34 1658AD
- 2.35 1659-60AD
- 2.36 1660AD
- 2.37 1664AD
- 2.38 1665AD
- 2.39 1666AD
- 2.40 1667AD
- 2.41 1668AD
- 2.42 1670AD
- 2.43 1672AD
- 2.44 1677AD
- 2.45 1679AD
- 2.46 1680AD
- 2.47 1682AD
- 2.48 1683AD
- 2.49 1685AD
- 2.50 1687AD
- 2.51 ±1688AD
- 2.52 1689AD
- 2.53 1690AD
- 2.54 1694AD
- 2.55 1696AD
- 2.56 1699AD
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Items in normal text indicate South African non-theatrical events and activities Items printed in bold indicate South African theatre and performance events. All items in italics refer to international (i.e. non-South African) events or international theatre and performance events
Dutch East India Company chartered
Shakespeare begins his great tragedies (Othello, Macbeth and King Lear)
Guy Fawkes executed
Cervantes’s Don Quixote (part 1)
Montiverdi’s opera Orfeo
HAMLET PERFORMED ABOARD THE DRAGON AT SIERRA LEONA AND OFF THE EAST COAST OF SOUTH AFRICA. RICHARD II WAS DONE EN ROUTE.
Kepler’s Astronomica Nova. Galileo’s telescope. Lope de Vega’s The New Art of Writing Plays published. Shakespeare’s co. performs indoors at the Blackfriars.
A “VERY PRETTY COMEDY” WAS PLAYED IN THE THREE DAYS ON BOARD A PORTUGUESE SHIP WHILE PASSING THE CAPE.
King James version of the Bible. Shakespeare’s The Tempest performed
First Romanov becomes Tsar of Russia
The notion of a sun-centered universe rejected by Inquisition
Proscenium arch introduced as permanenent feature in the Teatro Farnese, built in the Ducal Palace in Parma. Start of the Thirty Years’ War in Germany.
Francis Bacon’s Novum Organum, expounds a new way of learning. THE ENGLISH COMMANDERS FITZHERBERT AND SHILLING TAKE POSSESSION OF THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE IN THE NAME OF JAMES I.
Velasquez becomes court painter to Philip IV of Spain. Bernini’s statue of David.
Cardinal Richelieu Louis XIII’s chief minister.
Charles 1 king of England.
William Harvey’s treatise on the circulation of the blood.
Galileo’s Dialogue on the Two Chief Systems of the World. Van Dyck court painter to Charles I of England.
Galileo has to recant his ideas.
French Academy founded by Richelieu.
Corneille’s Le Cid.
Descartes’s Discourse on Method. First theatre built in Amsterdam, under the influence of the Rederijkers.
Galileo’s Discourses on Two New Sciences.
Civil war in England (Roundheads and Cavaliers). Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. Theatres in England closed by act of parliament
Torricelli invents barometer.
Milton’s Areopagitica. Descartes’s Principles of Philosophy. Theatres in Madrid closed for 6 years.
The Taj Mahal completed in Agra, India. Peace of Westphalia ends 30 years’ war in Germany. DE NIEUWE HAERLEM FLOUNDERS IN TABLE BAY AND LEENDERT JANZ IS LEFT BEHIND WITH THE CARGO. BUILDS A TEMPORARY FORT.
Charles I tried and beheaded in England.
JAN VAN RIEBEECK LANDS AT THE CAPE TO START A REFRESHMENT STATION.
Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of England. VAN RIEBEECK GOVERNOR 1652-USES MUSICIANS TO ESTABLISH GOOD RELATIONS WITH THE KHOI, HAVING MUSIC PLAYED DURING THEIR VISITS. HE HOWEVER ONLY ALLOWS HIS SETTLERS ONE DAY A YEAR OF FEASTING ON THE SUNDAY AFTER THE RETURN OF THE HOME FLEET. THE PORTUGUESE SHIP NOSSA SENHORA DE BELEM WRECKED ON THE NATAL COAST, AND THEY PLAYED COMEDIES AND FARCES TO PASS THE TIME.
FIRST “FREE BURGHERS” ALLOCATED LAND BY THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT AT THE CAPE.
Molière arrives in Paris.
Molière’s "Les Précieuses Ridicules" performed. BATTLES BETWEEN KHOI-KHOI AND DUTCH. THE GRADUAL DISINTEGRATION OF THE KHOIKHOI-SOCIETY BEGINS, AS MORE AND MORE FALL UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE DUTCH COLONY RULES, AND THEY ARE DECIMATED BY EUROPEAN DISEASES. BATTLES ON THE BORDER AREAS CONTINUE FOR MANY YEARS.
First rotating electric generator invented by Von Geuricke. Monarchy restored in England with Charles II. Dramatic performances restart in England. First professional actress appears as Desdemona.
Great plague of London kills 60,000.
Great fire of London destroys two-thirds of the city. French Academy of Sciences founded by Colbert.
Milton’s "Paradise Lost". Racine’s "Andromaque".
De la Fontaine’s "Fables".
French Academy of Music founded by Lully.
Dryden’s "All for Love". Racine’s "Phèdre".
THE CASTLE IS TAKEN INTO USE IN CAPE TOWN. SIMON VAN DER STEL BECOMES GOVERNOR.
Official founding of the Comédie Française.
Newly remodelled Palace of Versailles taken into use by Louis XIV. Dryden’s "Absolom and Achitophel". Halley observes the comet now bearing his name.
Turks lay siege to Vienna.
Edict of Nantes revoked by Louis XIV.
Newton’s "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica".
Siege of Vienna by Ottoman Turks. ARRIVAL OF FRENCH HUGUENOTS. SIMON VAN DER STEL ESTABLISHES STELLENBOSCH. HIS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED WITH FESTIVITIES AND A “PARROT SHOOT” THERE ANNUALLY IN OCTOBER.
Locke’s "Letters on Tolerance" published. Mary and William of Orange declared rulers of England . Peter the Great Tsar of Russia.
Locke’s "Second Treatise of Civil Government".
French Academy issues first dictionary. Bank of England founded, to lend money to the Government.
Licensing Laws for Plays in England.
Treaty of Karlowitz, where Ottomans lose territories in Europe.
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