On This Day

1563 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 15 Russian troops occupy Polotsk Lithuania
  • Feb 18 Huguenot Jean Poltrot de Mere shoots gen Francois De Guise
  • Mar 19 Peace of Amboise: Rights for Huguenots
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 5 John Coke, English politician (d. 1644)
  • Jun 1 Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and English Prime Minister (1598-1612), born in Westminster, Salisbury (d. 1612)
  • Sep 4 Wanli, Emperor of Ming Dynasty, born in China (d. 1620)
  • Oct 13 Francesco Caracciolo, Italian priest and saint (Caracciolini), born in Villa Santa Maria, Abruzzo, Italy (d. 1608)
  • Oct 17 Jodocus Hondius, Flemish mathematician/cartographer
  • Nov 5 Anna van Nassau, daughter of William the Silent and his second wife, Anna of Saxony and wife of William Louis, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1588)
  • Nov 19 Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester, English statesman, born in Penshurst, Kent, England (d. 1626)
  • Nov 27 Robbert Robbertsz le Canu, Dutch nautical expert, born in Amersfoort, Netherlands

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia, dies of fever
  • Feb 2 Hans Neusiedler, Hungarian/German luitist/author, dies at approx 54
  • Feb 24 Francois Guise, French general/duke, assassinated at 44
  • Mar 24 Hosokawa Harumoto, Japanese military leader (b. 1514)
  • Jun 6 Ikeda Nagamasa, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1519)
  • Jun 9 William Paget, 1st Baron Paget, English statesman (b. 1506)
  • Aug 18 Étienne de La Boétie, French judge and writer, dies at 32
  • Sep 17 Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland, English soldier
  • Dec 29 Sebastian Castellio, French theologian (b. 1515)