What Happened in 1583

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Historical Events

  • Jan 1 1st day of the Gregorian calendar in Holland & Flanders
  • Jan 12 Holland begins use of Gregorian calendar (yesterday was 1/1/1583)
  • Feb 21 Groningen, Netherlands, begins using Gregorian calendar
  • Mar 18 Dutch States General & Anjou sign treaty
  • Jun 17 Brabant: Duke of Parma beats French mercenaries
  • Jun 18 Richard Martin of London takes out first life insurance policy, on William Gibbons; premium was £383
  • Jun 28 Duke Frans de Valois returns to France
  • Jul 17 Spanish & Walloon troops conquer Dunkerk
  • Aug 5 Humphrey Gilbert claims Newfoundland for the British crown - first English colony in North America and the beginning of the British Empire
  • Nov 15 Gelders Earl Willem of the Bergh flees
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Did You Know?

Richard Martin of London takes out first life insurance policy, on William Gibbons; premium was £383

On June 18, 1583


World Leaders in 1583

Famous People Born in 1583

  • Jan 8 Simon Episcopius, Dutch bishop/theologist
  • Feb 2 Anna Roemers Visscher, Dutch poetess
  • Feb 17 J Henry Alting, Dutch theologist
  • Feb 23 Jean-Baptiste Morin, French scientist (d. 1656)
  • Mar 3 Edward Herbert of Cherbury, English military/philosopher
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Famous Weddings

  • Apr 12 William of Orange marries Louise de Coligny

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 9 Jeseph Sanalbo, Jewish convert in Rome, burned at stake
  • Feb 18 Antonio Francesco Grazzini, Italian writer (b. 1503)
  • Mar 4 Bernard Gilpin, English clergyman, "Apostle of the North" (b. 1517)
  • Mar 6 Zacharias Ursinus, German theologist (Heidelberger), dies at 48
  • Mar 18 King Magnus of Livonia (b. 1540)
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