On This Day

What Happened in April 1516

Historical Events

  • Apr 6 A Willaert installed as singer of cardinal Ippolito I d'Este
  • Apr 10 1st Jewish ghetto established: Venice compels Jews to live in a specific area

German Beer Purity Law

Apr 23 Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria endorses "The German Beer Purity Law" (Reinheitsgebot) and adds to it standards for the sale of beer in Bavaria, ensuring beer is only brewed from three ingredients – water, malt and hops

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 23 Georg Fabricius, German poet, historian and archaeologist, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1571)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 25 John Yonge, English diplomat (b. 1467)