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What Happened in 1577

Historical Events in 1577

  • Feb 6 King Henri de Bourbon of Navarra becomes leader of the Huguenots
  • Feb 12 Spanish land guardian Don Juan of Habsburg signs "Eternal Edict"
  • Jul 24 Spanish army/German mercenaries conquer Namur
  • Jul 24 Treason of Don Juan in Brussels
  • Aug 17 Peace of Bergerac: Political rights for Huguenots
  • Oct 25 Pope Gregory XIII asks renewal of ecclesiastical hymns
  • Nov 15 Sir Francis Drake aboard Pelican travels from Chile to Washington
  • Nov 23 Water Geuzen under Captain Slope enters Amsterdam
  • Dec 13 Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England on a circumnavigation of the world
  • Dec 16 Danzig surrenders to troops of Polish king Istvan Bathory

Famous People Born in 1577

  • Feb 6 Beatrice Cenci, Italian noblewoman executed for fratricide, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1599)
  • Feb 8 Robert Burton, British writer and Anglican clergyman (The Anatomy of Melancholy), born in Lindley, Leicestershire, England (d. 1640)
  • Mar 26 Elisabeth of Nassau, Daughter of Willem I & Charlotte of Bourbon, born in Middelburg, Netherlands (d. 1642)
  • Apr 12 Christian IV of Denmark, King of Denmark and Norway (1588-1648), born in Frederiksborg Palace, Denmark (d. 1648)
  • May 1 Fran├žois de Kinschot, Dutch jurist and chancellor of Brabant, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1654)

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World Leaders in 1577

Famous People Who Died in 1577

  • Feb 26 Erik XIV, King of Sweden (1560-69), dies of lethal arsenic poisoning at 43
  • May 8 Viglius ab Aytta Zuichemus, lawyer/President (Raad van State), dies
  • Aug 12 Thomas Smith, English diplomat and scholar (b. 1513)
  • Oct 7 George Gascoigne, English poet
  • Nov 19 Matsunaga Hisahide, Japanese warlord (b. 1510)

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