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What Happened in 1581

Important Events in 1581

  • Apr 4 Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford
  • Oct 15 Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine" is staged in Paris

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Famous People Born in 1581

  • Jan 4 James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh (claimed world began 4004 BC).
  • Feb 4 Daniel Selich, German court composer, born in Wittenberg (d. 1626)
  • Feb 17 Fausto Poli, Italian Catholic Cardinal. private secretary to Pope Urban, born in Usigni (d. 1653)
  • Mar 16 Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, Dutch historian and writer (d. 1647)
  • Apr 24 Vincent de Paul, French Roman Catholic Saint, born in Pouy, Gascony, France (d. 1660)

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World Leaders in 1581

Famous People Who Died in 1581

  • Jan 22 Joost de Damhoudere, Flemish lawyer (Praxis rerum criminalium), dies at 73
  • Jan 22 Seerp Galama, Dutch nobleman, soldier and politician, dies at 52
  • Apr 3 Huibert Duifhuis, Roman Catholic pastor (Rotterdam/Utrecht), dies
  • Jun 2 James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, regent of Scotland
  • Jul 11 Peder Skram, Danish senator and naval hero

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