On This Day

What Happened in 1563

Historical Events

  • Feb 15 Russian troops occupy Polotsk Lithuania
  • Feb 18 Huguenot Jean Poltrot de Mere shoots gen Francois De Guise
  • Feb 27 British composer William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, England
  • Mar 19 Peace of Amboise: Rights for Huguenots
  • Apr 23 Cornerstone laid for El Escorial, new Spanish royal palace commissioned by Philip II, by architect Juan Bautista de Toledo
  • Apr 30 Jews are expelled from France by order of Charles VI
  • Jul 27 French army recaptures Le Havre
  • Jul 29 League of High Nobles routes King Philip II
  • Aug 17 King Charles IX of France declared an adult at 13
  • Aug 30 Jewish community of Neutitschlin, Moravia, expelled
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Famous People Born in 1563

  • Jan 30 Franciscus Gomarus [Francois Gomaer], Dutch theologist and opera singer, born in Bruges, Habsburg Netherlands (d. 1641)
  • Mar 5 John Coke, English politician (d. 1644)
  • Jun 1 Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and English Prime Minister (1598-1612), born in Westminster, Salisbury (d. 1612)
  • Sep 4 Wanli, Emperor of Ming Dynasty, born in China (d. 1620)
  • Oct 13 Francesco Caracciolo, Italian priest and saint (Caracciolini), born in Villa Santa Maria, Abruzzo, Italy (d. 1608)

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Famous People Who Died in 1563

  • Feb 1 Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia, dies of fever
  • Feb 2 Hans Neusiedler, Hungarian/German luitist/author, dies at approx 54
  • Feb 24 Francois Guise, French general/duke, assassinated at 44
  • Mar 12 John Bull, English composer, musician and organ builder, credited with composing Britain's national anthem "God Save The King/Queen" (debated), dies at about 68
  • Mar 24 Hosokawa Harumoto, Japanese military leader (b. 1514)

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