On This Day

What Happened in November 1581

Historical Events


Murder of InterestIvan the Terrible Kills His Son

Nov 16 Tsar Ivan the Terrible attacks his son and heir, Ivan Ivanovich, with a scepter after an argument leading to the latter's death three days later

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The painting
The painting "Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan" by Russian painter Ilya Repin
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 19 Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovich dies after being attacked by his father Ivan the Terrible three days earlier

Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible
Russian Tsar
Ivan the Terrible
  • Nov 29 Doornik (Tournai) surrenders to Duke of Parma

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 7 Richard Davies, Welsh bishop and scholar