On This Day

What Happened in April 1581

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Portuguese Cortes subjects himself on Philip II

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Apr 4 Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford

Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • Apr 15 Cortes van Thomar accepts Philip II as king of Portugal

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 24 Vincent de Paul, French Roman Catholic Saint, born in Pouy, Gascony, France (d. 1660)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 3 Huibert Duifhuis, Roman Catholic pastor (Rotterdam/Utrecht), dies