On This Day

What Happened in August 1561

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 19 Mary Queen of Scots arrives in Leith, Scotland to assume throne after spending 13 years in France

Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 20 Jacopo Peri, Italian composer and singer who wrote the 1st recognized opera "Dafne", born in Rome (d. 1633)
  • Aug 24 Bartholomeus Pitiscus, German mathematician (Trigonometry), born in Zielona Góra, Poland (d. 1613)
  • Aug 25 Philippe van Lansberge, Dutch astronomer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1632)

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 24 Willem of Orange marries duchess Anna of Saxon