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What Happened in 1578

Historical Events in 1578

  • Jan 31 Battle of Gembloux (Gembloers); Spanish forces win decisive victor over coalition rebel forces
  • Feb 13 Tycho Brahe first sketches "Tychonic system" of solar system
  • Mar 10 Queen Elizabeth I of England gives Johan Casimir £20,000 to aid Dutch rebellion
  • Apr 27 Duel of the Mignons claims the lives of two favorites of Henry III of France and two favorites of Henry I, Duke of Guise.
  • May 31 Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England, to Frobisher Bay, Canada. Eventually mines fools gold, famously used to pave the streets of London.
  • Jun 11 England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore and colonize North America
  • Jul 2 Martin Frobisher sights Baffin Island
  • Aug 2 Battle of Rijmenam: Spanish Habsberg forces defeated by Dutch troops (Eighty Years' War)
  • Aug 4 Battle of Alcazarquivir, Moroccans defeat Portuguese, 10,000 killed
  • Aug 13 Duke Frans of Anjou recognized as protector of Netherlands

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Famous People Born in 1578

  • Jan 28 Cornelis Haga, Dutch lawyer/ambassador to Constantinople (1611-39)
  • Feb 9 Giambattista Andreini, Italian playwright and actor (L'adamo), born in Florence (d. 1654)
  • Mar 2 George Sandys, English colonist and poet (d. 1644)
  • Mar 17 Francesco Albana, Italian painter (Mary's Ascension)
  • Mar 18 Adam Elsheimer, German painter/cartoonist/etcher, baptized

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Famous People Who Died in 1578

  • Feb 5 Giovanni B Moroni, Italian portrait painter, dies
  • Mar 7 Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, dies at 62
  • Mar 29 Arthur Champernowne, English admiral (b. 1524)
  • Mar 29 Louis I, Cardinal of Guise, French cardinal (b. 1527)
  • Mar 31 Juan de Escobedo, sec of Spanish land guardian Don Juan, murdered

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