On This Day

1516 in History

Events in History

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Mar 1 Printing is completed of Erasmus' "Novum Instrumentum omne", first published New Testament in Greek

Humanist and Theologian Erasmus
Humanist and Theologian
  • Apr 10 1st Jewish ghetto established: Venice compels Jews to live in a specific area

GermanyGerman Beer Purity Law

Apr 23 Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria endorses "The German Beer Purity Law" (Reinheitsgebot) and adds to it standards for the sale of beer in Bavaria, ensuring beer is only brewed from three ingredients – water, malt and hops

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The German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot)
The German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot)
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  • Aug 13 The Treaty of Noyon between France and Spain is signed. Francis recognises Charles's claim to Naples, and Charles recognises Francis's claim to Milan.
  • Aug 24 Battle of Marj Dabiq: Ottoman forces decisively beat the Mamluk Sultanate
  • Oct 28 Battle of Yaunis Khan: Turkish forces under the Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha defeat the Mameluks near Gaza
  • Nov 29 Treaty of Freiburg: French/Swiss "eternal" peace treaty

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Margaret Leijonhufvud, Queen of Gustav I of Sweden (d. 1551)
  • Feb 18 Mary I Tudor [Bloody Mary], Queen of England (1553-58), born in Greenwich, England (d. 1558)
  • Mar 26 Conrad Gessner, Swiss physician and naturalist, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1565)
  • Apr 23 Georg Fabricius, German poet, historian and archaeologist, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1571)
  • Oct 23 Charlotte of Valois, Princess of France as second daughter of King Francis I and his wife Claude, born in Château d'Amboise, France (d. 1524)

Deaths in History

Person of interestFerdinand II of Aragon

Jan 23 ferdinand ii, king of Aragon (1479-1516), King of Naples (1504-16), dies at 63

King of Aragon Ferdinand II of Aragon
King of Aragon
Ferdinand II of Aragon
  • Mar 13 Vladislav II Jagiello, king of Bohemia (1490-1516), dies at 60
  • Mar 17 Giuliano de' Medici, ruler of Florence, dies at 37
  • Apr 25 John Yonge, English diplomat (b. 1467)
  • Jul 30 Johan V Nassau, earl of Nassau-Vianden/Dietz, dies
  • Aug 9 Jeroen Bosch, painter (Garden of the Lusten), dies at 66
  • Aug 21 John III van Egmont, Viceroy of Holland, dies at 78
  • Dec 13 Johannes Trithemius, German cryptographer, dies at 54