On This Day

What Happened in October 1576

Historical Events

  • Oct 12 Rudolf II succeeds Maximilian II as Holy Roman Emperor
  • Oct 19 Dutch provinces begin consultation about Spanish existence
  • Oct 20 Spanish troops occupy & plunder Maastricht

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 7 John Marston, English poet and playwright (d. 1634)
  • Oct 12 Thomas Dudley, British colonial governor of Massachusetts, born in Northamptonshire, England (d. 1653)
  • Oct 25 Thomas Weelkes, English organist and composer of madrigals, baptised in Elstead (d. 1623)
  • Oct 30 Enrico Caterino Davila, Italian writer (Storia delguerre civili Francia), born in Padua, Italy (d. 1631)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 12 Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (1564-76), dies
  • Oct 26 Frederick II the Vrome, ruler of Palts, dies