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What Happened in 1572

Historical Events in 1572

  • Jan 16 Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk is tried for treason for his part in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England
  • Feb 5 Beggars assault Oisterwijk Neth, drive nuns out
  • Mar 12 Poet Luís Vaz de Camões publishes the epic poem "Os Lusíadas" in Portugal
  • Apr 1 Watergeuzen capture Brielle from the Spaniards, during the Eighty Years' War, gaining the first foothold on land for what would become the Dutch Republic.
  • Apr 21 France & England sign anti-Spanish military covenant
  • May 4 Veere sides with Geuzen
  • May 15 Louis van Nassau & huguenots occupy Valenciennes
  • Jun 9 Willem van Oranges army occupies Gelderland
  • Jun 11 Spanish co-land guardian Duke of Medinaceli arrives in Lock
  • Jun 19 Garrison under Adrian van Swieten occupy Oudewater

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Famous People Who Died in 1572

  • Feb 23 Pierre Certon, French composer
  • Feb 28 Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (b. 1505)
  • Mar 2 Mem de Sá, Portuguese Governor-General of Brazil
  • Mar 27 Girolamo Maggi, Italian Renaissance man (b. abt. 1523)
  • May 1 Pius V [Antonio Ghislieri], Italian Pope (1566-72) who excommunicated Elizabeth I of England and arranged the formation of the Holy League (Battle of Lepanto), dies at 68

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