What Happened in 1586

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Significant Events

  • Jul 27 Sir Walter Raleigh brings first tobacco to England from Virginia
  • Dec 3 Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Colombia
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World Leaders in 1586

Famous People Born in 1586

  • Jan 20 Johann Hermann Schein, German composer (Fontana d'Israel)
  • Feb 8 Jacob Praetorius, composer
  • Apr 11 Pietro Della Valle, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1652)
  • Apr 17 John Ford, English dramatist ('Tis Pity She's a Whore), born in Ilsington, Devon, England (d. 1639)
  • Apr 20 Saint Rose of Lima [Isabel Flores de Olivia], Peruvian saint, a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic, born in Lima, Peru (d. 1617)
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Would You Believe?

Sir Thomas Harriot introduces potatoes to Europe on return to England

On July 28, 1586

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 18 Margaret of Austria, regent of The Netherlands (b. 1522)
  • Jan 25 Lucas Cranach "the Young", German painter, dies at 70
  • Mar 20 Richard Maitland, Scottish statesman and historian (b. 1496)
  • Apr 8 Martin Chemnitz, German Lutheran reformer and theologian, dies at 63
  • May 5 Henry Sidney, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1529)
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