On This Day

What Happened in 1591

Important Events

  • Jan 18 King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat, date is now observed as Royal Thai Armed Forces day
  • Mar 13 Battle at Tondibi: Moroccan army under Judar defeats Sultan Askia Ishaq II of Songhai
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Famous People Born in 1591

  • Jan 11 Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex, English Civil War general (d. 1646)
  • Jan 12 José Ribera/Jusepe de Ribera, Spanish painter and printmaker, nicknamed Lo Spagnoletto (d. 1652)
  • Feb 25 Friedrich von Spee, German writer (d. 1635)
  • Mar 15 Alexandre de Rhodes, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1660)
  • May 26 Dirck Janszoon Sweelinck, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1652) baptism date
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World Leaders in 1591

Famous People in 1591

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 7 Jacobus de Kerle, French Flemish composer, dies at about 59
  • Jan 19 Edmond Auger, French jesuit (under Henri III), dies at about 60
  • Feb 5 Gerard de Jode, Flemish publisher and cartographer, dies at about 82
  • May 15 Dmitry Ivanovitch, youngest son of Russian Tsar Ivan IV, murdered at 8
  • May 17 Jost Amman, Swiss cartoonist, graphic artist and illustrator, dies at 51
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