On This Day

What Happened in 1525

Historical Events

  • Jan 21 The Swiss Anabaptist Movement is born when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother in Zürich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union
  • Feb 24 Battle of Pavia: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V's troops beat the French. French King Francois I captured, 15,000 killed or wounded
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Famous People Born in 1525

  • Jan 6 Caspar Peucer, German reformer, born in Bautzen, Germany (d. 1602)
  • Feb 3 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Italian composer, born in Palestrina, Papal States (d. 1594) [birthday unconfirmed]
  • Sep 11 Johan Georg, Elector of Brandenburg (1571-91), born in Cölln, Germany (d. 1598)
  • Sep 25 Steven Borough, English explorer, born in Northam, Devon, England (d. 1584)
  • Dec 1 Tadeáš Hájek, Czech physician and astronomer (d. 1600)

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 13 Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, against the celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for priests and nuns.