On This Day

What Happened in August 1578

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Battle of Rijmenam: Spanish Habsburg 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

Historic Event

Aug 20 Francis Drake renames his flagship the Pelican to the Golden Hind in honor of his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton [1]


Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 5 Charles d'Albert, duc of Luynes, French courtier, favourite of Louis XIII and Constable of France, born in Longueville, France (d. 1621)
  • Aug 17 Francesco Albani, Italian painter (d. 1660)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 4 Sebastiaan, King of Portugal (1557-78), dies in battle at about 24
  • Aug 4 Thomas Stucley, English adventurer
  • Aug 11 Pedro Nunes [Nonius], Port mathematician/astronomer (nonius), dies