On This Day

What Happened in June 1580

Historical Events

  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 6 Godefroy Wendelin, Flemish astronomer, the crater Vendelinus on the Moon is named after him, born in Herk-de-Stad, Belgium (d. 1667)
  • Jun 9 Daniel Heinsius, Flemish scholar (d. 1655)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 10 Luis Vaz de Camoes, Portugal's national poet (Os Lusiados), dies
  • Jun 15 Nicolaas van Nieuwland, corrupt 1st bishop of Haarlem, dies at 70
  • Jun 18 Juliana van Stolberg, Engraver of Nassau, dies