1574 in History

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Events in History

  • Jan 29 Sea battle of Reimerswaal - Admiral Boisot beats Spanish fleet
  • Feb 9 Louis of Nassau ends siege of Maastricht
  • Feb 18 Zeeland falls to Dutch rebels
  • Feb 19 Spanish troops plunder Krommenie, Wormerveer & Jisp, Netherlands
  • Feb 21 Spanish garrison of Middelburg, Netherlands, surrenders
  • Feb 23 France begins 5th "holy war" against Huguenots
  • Apr 14 Battle of Mookerhei - D'Avila beats Louis of Nassau
  • May 30 Henry III follows brother Charles IX as king of France
  • May 30 Sea battle at Lillo Belgium (Adolf Van Haemstede vs Louis de Boisot)
  • Jun 18 Polish King Hendrik of Anjou secretly leaves Poland
  • Aug 30 Ram Das becomes the 4th Sikh Guru
  • Sep 13 Turkish fleet recaptures Tunis
  • Oct 1 -2] Storm breaks Leiden dike; drowns 20,000 Spanish soldiers
  • Oct 3 The Siege of Leiden is lifted by the Watergeuzen and the forces of Admiral Boisot
  • Oct 28 Prince Willem of Orange installs university
  • Nov 22 Discovery of the Juan Fernández Islands off Chile.

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 23 Lucas I Franchoys, Belgian painter
  • Mar 5 William Oughtred, England, mathematician/inventor (slide rule)
  • May 7 Innocent X, [Giambattista Pamfili], 236th pope (1644-55)
  • Jul 1 Joseph Hall, English bishop and writer (d. 1656)
  • Aug 7 Robert Dudley, styled Earl of Warwick, English writer (d. 1649)
  • Sep 16 Samuel Coster, Dutch physician/playwright (Polyxena)
  • Sep 18 Claudio Achillini, Italian lawyer/poet
  • Dec 8 Maria Anna of Bavaria, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1616)
  • Dec 12 Anne of Denmark, daughter of Danish King Frederik II and Queen Consort of James I of England (d. 1619)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 30 Damião de Góis, Portuguese philosopher (b. 1502)
  • Mar 5 Philip of Saint-Aldegonde, Flem viceroy Holland/Zealand/Utrecht, dies
  • Apr 14 Christoffel Palts, German general strategist, dies in battle
  • Apr 14 Hendrik, count of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies in battle
  • Apr 14 Louis, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies in battle at 35
  • Apr 17 Joachim Camerarius, [Liebhard Kammerer], German philologist, dies
  • Apr 21 Cosimo de Medici, Italian duke of Toscane, dies at about 54
  • May 14 Guru Amar Das, third Sikh Guru (b. 1479)
  • May 30 Charles IX, King of France (1560-74), dies
  • Jun 27 Giorgio Vasari, Italian painter and architect (b. 1511)
  • Sep 17 Pedro Menendez de Aviles, soldier/navigator, dies
  • Oct 1 Maarten van Heemskerck, Dutch painter (Christ), dies at 76
  • Nov 28 Georg Major, German Protestant theologian (b. 1502)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 12 Selim II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1524)

Ottoman Sultan Selim II
Ottoman Sultan
Selim II
  • Dec 13 Selam II Sari, the blonde, sultan of Turkey (1566-74), dies at 50
  • Dec 26 Charles Guise, archbishop/cardinal of Reims, dies at 50