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Gregory XIII

Pope Gregory XIII

Full Name: Ugo Boncompagni
Profession: Pope

Nationality:
Italy
Italian

Why Famous: Gregory was the head of the Catholic Church for thirteen years, but his best-known move was the creation of the Gregorian calendar, which remains in use as the internationally accepted civilian calendar to this day.

Gregory also embarked on an administrative reform of the church, support of arts and sciences within the Vatican and encouraged attempts to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I of England.

He died in 1585 and was succeeded by Sixtus V.

Born: January 7, 1502
Birthplace: Bologna, Papal States
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: April 10, 1585 (aged 83)

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  • 1577-10-25 Pope Gregory XIII asks renewal of ecclesiastical hymns
  • 1582-02-24 Pope Gregory XIII announces New Style (Gregorian) calendar

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