And all the carnall beauty of my wife,
is but skin-deep, but to two senses known.
- English poet Sir Thomas Overbury, from his poem The Wife, establishing
the basis for the phrase "Beauty is only skin deep."
Be warned, you stage strutters all,
Lest you again be catched,
And such a burning do befall
As to them whose house was thatched;
Forbear your whoring, breeding biles,
And lay up that expense for tiles.
- Anonymous, A Sonnet upon the Pitiful Burning of the Globe Playhouse in London
In the year AD 1613...
- Russia's Time of Troubles finally comes to an end as the Zemsky Sobor (assembly of nobles) elects Michael Romanov tsar, establishing the Romanov Dynasty which would rule Russia until 1917.
- In the sensational Thomas Overbury Affair, English courtier Frances Howard has poet Thomas Overbury imprisoned in the Tower of London and later murdered by mercury poisoning in order to prevent Overbury from convincing her lover, Robert Carr, not to marry her.
- The New River is opened to bring fresh water to London from springs to the north.
- A fire completely destroys London's famed Globe Theater when, during a performance of William Shakespeare's play Henry VIII, a theatrical cannon misfires and sets the thatched roof alight. The theater will be rebuilt the following year.
- English adventurer Samuel Argall captures Algonquian princess Pocahontas in Virginia to ransom her for some English prisoners held by her father, Chief Powhattan. Pocahontas ultimately chooses to remain among the English, converting to Christianity and taking an English husband, John Rolfe.
- Korean royal physician Heo Jun publishes the Dongui Bogam, one of the most important texts on traditional Korean medicine.
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