On This Day

Historical Events in 1581

  • Jan 16 English parliament passes laws against Catholicism

Historic Event

Jan 28 James VI signs 2nd Confession of Faith in Scotland

  • Mar 25 Portuguese Cortes calls Philip II king of Portugal
  • Apr 1 Portuguese Cortes subjects himself on Philip II
  • Apr 15 Cortes van Thomar accepts Philip II as king of Portugal
  • Jul 14 English Jesuit priest Edmund Campion arrested for sedition in Anglican England (later hung, drawn and quartered)
  • Jul 24 States of Holland/Zealand recognized by Wiliam of Orange
  • Aug 2 Leiden University names Rudolph Snellius as math professor

Historic Event

Oct 15 Commissioned by Catherine de' Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine" is staged in Paris

Ivan the Terrible Kills His Son

Nov 16 Tsar Ivan the Terrible attacks his son and heir, Ivan Ivanovich, with a scepter after an argument leading to the latter's death three days later

Historic Event

Nov 19 Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovich dies after being attacked by his father Ivan the Terrible three days earlier

  • Nov 29 Doornik (Tournai) surrenders to Duke of Parma