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What Happened in 1587

Historical Events in 1587

  • Feb 8 Mary, Queen of Scots, is beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle aged 44 after being convicted of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth I in the Babington Plot
  • Mar 1 Puritan English parliamentary leader Sir Peter Wentworth confined in London Tower
  • Apr 29 Sir Frances Drake sails into Cadiz Spain & sinks Spanish fleet ("singeing the King of Spain's beard")
  • Jul 22 2nd English colony forms on Roanoke Island off North Carolina
  • Aug 5 Spanish troops conquer Lock
  • Aug 18 Saul Wahl is elected King of Poland, according to legend.
  • Aug 19 Sigismund III becomes King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania
  • Oct 20 Battle at Coultras: Henri van Navarra beats Catholic League

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Famous People Born in 1587

  • Jan 5 Xu Xiake, Chinese geographer, born in Jiangsu, China (d. 1641)
  • Jan 6 Gaspar de Guzman, Count of Olivares, Premier of Spain (1621-43), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1645)
  • Jan 8 Johannes Fabricius, Danish astronomer (discovered sunspots), born in East Frisia, Germany (d. 1616)
  • Jan 16 Alexander Adriaenssen, Flemish painter known for his still-lifes of fish and game pieces, born in Antwerp (d. 1661)
  • Feb 26 Stefano Landi, Italian composer (d. 1639)

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World Leaders in 1587