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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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World Leaders in 1572

Famous Weddings in 1572

  • Aug 18 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) marries Margaret of Valois in Notre Dame cathedral, Paris, in attempt to make truce between Catholics and Protestants but prompts St. Bartholomew's Day massacre days later

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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