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1576 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 20 The Mexican city of León is founded by order of viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almansa

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Feb 3 Henry of Navarre (future Henry IV) escapes from Paris

  • Feb 5 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) abjures Catholicism at Tours
  • Apr 27 Peace of Beaulieu and Paix de Monsieur
  • May 14 Dutch Council of State replaced by Council of Beroerten

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May 23 Tycho Brahe given Hveen Island to build Uraniborg Observatory

Astronomer Tycho Brahe
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  • May 29 Spanish army under Cristóbal de Mondragón conquers Zierik sea
  • Jul 2 Muitende Spanish soldiers conquer Zierik Sea
  • Jul 11 Martin Frobisher sights Greenland
  • Jul 26 Muitende Spanish troops conquer Aalst
  • Aug 8 Cornerstone laid for Tycho Brahe's observatory in Uraniborg, Denmark, at the time world's most advanced research institution
  • Oct 12 Rudolf II succeeds Maximilian II as Holy Roman Emperor
  • Oct 19 Dutch provinces begin consultation about Spanish existence
  • Oct 20 Spanish troops occupy & plunder Maastricht
  • Nov 4 Eighty Years' War: In Flanders, Spanish defeat Walloon and capture Antwerp
  • Nov 8 Eighty Years' War: Pacification of Ghent - 17 Dutch provinces sign anti-Spanish covenant

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 12 Peter Scriverius, Dutch lawyer/historian
  • Mar 31 Louise Juliana of Nassau, Regent of Bohemia by marriage to Frederick IV, Elector Palatine, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1644)
  • May 17 Ferdinand van Apshoven the Older, Flemish painter, baptized in Antwerp
  • May 27 Caspar Schoppe, German scholar and controversialist, born in Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (d. 1649)
  • Jun 6 Giovanni Diodati, Swiss Protestant clergyman, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1649)
  • Oct 7 John Marston, English poet and playwright (d. 1634)
  • Oct 12 Thomas Dudley, British colonial governor of Massachusetts, born in Northamptonshire, England (d. 1653)
  • Oct 30 Enrico Caterino Davila, Italian writer (Storia delguerre civili Francia), born in Padua, Italy (d. 1631)
  • Nov 17 Roque Gonzales, Paraguayan missionary (d. 1628)
  • Nov 27 Shimazu Tadatsune, Japanese ruler of Satsuma (d. 1638)

Weddings in History

  • May 1 Stefan Batory, the reigning Prince of Transylvania, marries Anna Jagiellon and they become the co-rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Deaths in History

  • Feb 10 Guilielmus Xylander, German classical scholar (b. 1532)
  • Mar 5 Don Luis de Requesens y Zuniga, viceroy of Neth (1573-76), dies at 70
  • May 27 Louis de Boisot, Dutch admiral, drowns at about 44
  • May 30 Harada Naomasa, Japanese retainer and samurai
  • Aug 27 Titian [Tiziano Vecelli], Italian painter, dies of plague
  • Oct 12 Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (1564-76), dies
  • Oct 26 Frederick II the Vrome, ruler of Palts, dies
  • Dec 4 Rheticus, mathematician, dies
  • Dec 15 Joachim Hopperus, Frisian lawyer and politician, dies at 53