On This Day

What Happened in October 1558

Historical Events

  • Oct 9 Mérida is founded in Venezuela

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 12 Maximilian III, Archduke of Austria (1612-18), born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1618)
  • Oct 12 Jacques Sirmond, French scholar and Jesuit, born in Riom, France (d. 1651)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 18 Maria, Queen of Hungary as wife of Louis II and Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands (1531-55), dies at 53
  • Oct 21 Julius Caesar Scaliger, Italian-French physician and scholar (On the Subtlety of Things), dies at 74