1561 in History

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Events in History

  • Jan 28 By Edict of Orleans French persecution of Huguenots is suspended
  • Feb 22 William of Orange appointed viceroy of Burgundy/Charolais
  • Jul 2 Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia, defeats a revolt in Emfraz.
  • Aug 19 Mary Queen of Scots arrives in Leith, Scotland to assume throne after spending 13 years in France
  • Sep 9 Conference of Poissy: religious theologians gathered by Catherine de' Medici

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 23 King Philip II of Spain forbids Spanish settlements in Florida

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • Oct 18 Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima -- Takeda Shingen defeats Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflict
  • Nov 29 Lofland subjects himself on Sigismund August II of Poland
  • Dec 21 Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, Archbishop of Mechelen, made Cardinal

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 6 Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician (d. 1656)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 22 Francis Bacon, Strand, statesman/essayist (Novum Organum), born in London, England (d. 1626)

Statesman/Philosopher Francis Bacon
Statesman/Philosopher
Francis Bacon
  • Mar 29 Santorio Sanctorius, Trieste Italy, physician/burned at stake/heretic
  • Jun 24 Rombout Hogerbeets, lawyer/pension minister of Leiden
  • Jul 11 Luis de G√≥ngora, Spanish poet (d. 1627)
  • Aug 25 Philippe van Lansberge, Dutch astronomer (d. 1632)
  • Aug 29 Bartholomeus Pitiscus, German mathematician (Trigonometry)
  • Sep 10 Hernando Arias de Saavedra, Spanish colonial governor (d. 1634)
  • Sep 29 Adriaan van Roomen, Flemish mathematician, born in Leuven (d. 1615)
  • Nov 21 Carolus Scribani, Italian/Flemish jesuit/author
  • Dec 7 Kikkawa Hiroie, Japanese politician (d. 1625)
  • Dec 9 Edwin Sandys, a founder of Virginia colony

Weddings in History

  • Aug 24 Willem of Orange marries duchess Anna of Saxon

Deaths in History

  • Jan 31 Menno Simonsz, Dutch priest/vicar (Foundation Book), dies
  • Jan 31 Bairam Khan, Great Mughal General, regent for Akbar
  • Feb 26 Jorge de Montemayor, Spanish writer
  • Mar 5 Carlo Caraffa, Italian cardinal, dies at 41
  • Mar 25 Conrad Lycosthenes, French-born German philosopher and encyclopedist (b. 1518)
  • Oct 21 Johannes Vasaeus, Flemish humanist/historian, dies at about 49
  • Oct 27 Lope de Aguirre, Spanish conquistador (b. 1510)