On This Day

What Happened in January 1580

Historical Events

Historic Event

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]

Famous Birthdays

John Smith

Jan 6 John Smith, English explorer (Chesapeake Bay, New England) and leader of the Virginia Colony (Jamestown), born in Lincolnshire, England (d. 1631)

  • Jan 12 Lord Alexander Ruthven, Scottish nobleman (d. 1600)

Famous Deaths

  • 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)