On This Day

What Happened in 1585

Historical Events

  • Jan 2 Spain & Catholic France sign Saint League of Joinville
  • Mar 3 The Olympic Theatre, designed by Andrea Palladio, is inaugurated in Vicenza.
  • Apr 5 Clemens Crabbeels becomes bishop of Hertogenbosch
  • May 19 Spain confiscates English ships
  • Jun 23 Spanish army under Tassis beats Amerongen Staatse troops
  • Jul 7 King Henri III and Duke De Guise signs Treaty of Nemours: French Huguenots lose all freedoms
  • Jul 17 English secret service discovers Anthony Babington's murder plot against Queen Elizabeth I
  • Jul 25 Amsterdam bans 45 roman catholics
  • Jul 29 University of Franeker/ University of Friesland opens in the Netherlands
  • Aug 8 Pope Sixtus excommunicates Henry of Navarre (Henry IV)
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Famous People Born in 1585

  • Jan 6 Claude Favre de Vaugelas, Savoyard grammarian, born in Meximieux, Duchy of Savoy (d. 1650)
  • Jan 27 Hendrick Avercamp, Dutch painter (d. 1634)
  • Feb 12 Caspar Bartholin the Elder, Danish physician, theologian, writer on anatomy, born in Malmö, Denmark (modern Sweden) (d. 1629)
  • Mar 5 Johann Georg I, elector of Saxon (1611-56) (Peace of Prague)
  • Mar 13 Federico Cesi, Italian naturalist and founder of the first modern scientific society, the Accademia dei Lincei, 1603, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1630)
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World Leaders in 1585

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 16 Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln, English admiral (b. 1512)
  • Feb 6 Edmund Plowden, English legal scholar (b. 1518)
  • Feb 13 Alfonso Salmeron, Spanish Jesuit biblical scholar, dies at 69
  • Mar 10 Rembert Dodoens [Rembert Van Joenckema], Flemish physician and botanist, dies at 67
  • Apr 4 Caspar de Robles, Spanish viceroy of Frisia, dies at about 57
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