Historical Events in 1563

  • Feb 15 Russian troops occupy Polotsk Lithuania
  • Feb 18 Huguenot Jean Poltrot de Mere shoots gen Francois De Guise
  • Feb 27 British composer William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, England
  • Mar 19 Peace of Amboise: Rights for Huguenots

Historic Event

Apr 23 Cornerstone laid for El Escorial, new Spanish royal palace commissioned by Philip II, by architect Juan Bautista de Toledo

  • Apr 30 Jews are expelled from France by order of Charles VI
  • Jul 27 French army recaptures Le Havre
  • Jul 29 League of High Nobles routes King Philip II

Historic Event

Aug 17 King Charles IX of France declared an adult at 13

  • Aug 30 Jewish community of Neutitschlin, Moravia, expelled
  • Sep 8 Maximilian chosen king of Hungary
  • Dec 4 Council of Trent holds its last session, after 18 years. Last ecumenical council for more than 300 years.