What Happened in August 1561

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

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