1581 in History

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Events in History

  • Jan 16 English parliament passes laws against Catholicism

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Jan 28 James VI signs 2nd Confession of Faith in Scotland

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI

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Mar 25 Portuguese Cortes calls Philip II king of Portugal

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II

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Apr 4 Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford

Vice Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Vice Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • Apr 15 Cortes van Thomar accepts Philip II as king of Portugal
  • Jul 14 English jesuit Edmund Campion arrested
  • Jul 24 States of Holland/Zealand recognized by Willem van Orange
  • Aug 2 Leiden University names Snellius math professor
  • Oct 15 Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine" is staged in Paris
  • Nov 29 Doornik (Tournai) surrenders to Duke of Parma

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh (claimed world began 4004 BC).
  • Feb 17 Fausto Poli, Italian Catholic priest (d. 1653)
  • Mar 16 Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, Dutch historian and writer (d. 1647)
  • Apr 24 Vincent de Paul, French saint (d. 1660)
  • May 6 Frans Francken, the Younger, painter
  • Jun 18 Thomas Overbury, poet (baptized)
  • Oct 9 Claude G Bachet de Meziriac, French mathematician/theologist
  • Oct 21 Domenico Zampieri, Italian painter (d. 1641)
  • Dec 9 Emilia Secunda Antwerpiana, daughter of Willem of Orange

Deaths in History

  • Jan 22 Joost de Damhoudere, Flemish lawyer, dies
  • Jan 22 Seerp Galama, Dutch nobleman/military/politician, dies at 52
  • Apr 3 Huibert Duifhuis, Roman Catholic pastor (Rotterdam/Utrecht), dies
  • Jun 2 James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, regent of Scotland
  • Jul 11 Peder Skram, Danish senator and naval hero
  • Jul 23 Georges Lalaing, viceroy of Friesland, dies
  • Aug 21 Sakuma Nobumori, Japanese retainer and samurai (b. 1527)
  • Sep 1 Guru Ram Das, 4th Sikh Guru (1574-81), dies at 46
  • Sep 30 Hubert Languet, French diplomat and reformer (b. 1518)
  • Oct 23 Michael Neander, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1529)
  • Nov 7 Richard Davies, Welsh bishop and scholar
  • Dec 1 Ralph Sherwin, English Catholic saint (b. 1550)
  • Dec 1 Alexander Briant, English saint (b. around 1556)