What Happened in 1580

Historical Events

  • Jan 9 Francis Drake's ship the Golden Hind strikes a reef off the Celebes islands, slips off the next day and sails onward to Java then round the Cape of Good Hope and back to Plymouth in England [1]
  • Mar 15 Spanish King Philip II puts 25,000 gold coins on head of Prince William of Orange
  • Mar 17 Prince Willem of Orange welcomed in Amsterdam
  • Apr 11 Drenthe joins Union of Utrecht
  • Jun 15 Phillip II of Spain declares William the Silent to be an outlaw.
  • Jun 17 Battle at Hardenberg: Spanish troops beat rebels
  • Jun 18 States of Utrecht forbid Catholic worship
  • Jun 25 Book of Concord, standards of Lutheran Church, 1st published
  • Jun 27 Duke of Alva's army occupies Portugal
  • Jul 12 Ostrog Bible, the first printed Bible in a Slavic language, is published
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World Leaders in 1580

Famous People Who Died in 1580

  • Jan 18 Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of St. John), dies at 63
  • Jan 31 Henry, King of Portugal, Cardinal, Epilepticus and Regent. Reigned 1578-80 (b. 1512)
  • Feb 2 Bessho Nagaharu, Japanese retainer (b. 1558)
  • Feb 15 Cunerus Petri, Dutch theologist/bishop of Leeuwarden, dies
  • Mar 3 Jacob Hillebrand, Dutch mayor of Groningen, dies

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