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What Happened in 1568

Historical Events in 1568

  • Jan 24 Abdij Church in Middelburg destroyed by fire
  • Jan 24 In Netherlands, Duke of Alva declares William of Orange an outlaw
  • Feb 17 Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II agrees to pay tribute to the Ottoman Empire for peace
  • Mar 23 Treaty of Longjumeau: French huguenots go on strike
  • May 13 Mary Queen of Scots is defeated at Battle of Langside
  • May 16 Mary Queen of Scots flees to England
  • May 19 English Queen Elizabeth I arrests Mary, Queen of Scots
  • May 23 Battle of Heiligerlee, Groningen: Dutch rebels beat Spanish, thousands killed
  • May 23 The Netherlands declares independence from Spain
  • Jun 1 Duke of Alva oversees beheading of 18 nobles in Brussels as part of Council of Troubles/Council of Blood

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Famous People Born in 1568

  • Feb 11 HonorĂ© d'UrfĂ©, French writer (d. 1625)
  • Mar 9 Aloysius Gonzaga, Italian aristocrat and saint, born in Duchy of Mantua, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1591)
  • Apr 17 Christophe Thomas Walliser, French composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1648)
  • May 11 Christian I, ruler of Anhalt-Bernburg (Battle of White Mountain)
  • Sep 3 Adriano Banchieri, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1634)

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World Leaders in 1568

Would You Believe?

Dean of St. Paul's London, Alexander Nowell perfects a way to bottle beer

On July 13, 1568