On This Day

What Happened in August 1580

Historical Events

  • Aug 25 Battle of Alcantara, Spain defeats Portugal

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 19 Pierre Vernier, Ornans, French mathematician and inventor of the vernier caliper used for taking accurate measurements
  • Aug 24 John Taylor, English poet (An Arrant Thief), born in Gloucester, England (d. 1654)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Albrecht Giese, German politician and diplomat (b. 1524)
  • Aug 19 Andrea Palladio [Andrea di Pietro della Gondola], Italian architect (Il Redentore, Venice), dies at 71
  • Aug 20 Jeronymo Osorio, Portuguese historian (b. 1506)
  • Aug 25 Frederick Schenk van Toutenburg, last archbishop of Utrecht, dies
  • Aug 30 Emanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy/governor of Netherlands, dies