Events in year of 1577

  • 02-06King Henri de Bourbon of Navarra becomes leader of Huguenots
  • 02-12Spanish land guardian Don Juan of Habsburg signs "Eternal Edict"
  • 07-24Spanish army / German mercenaries conquer Namur
  • 07-24Treason of Don Juan in Brussels
  • 08-17Peace of Bergerac: Political rights for Huguenots
  • 10-25Pope Gregory XIII asks renewal of ecclesiastical hymns
  • 11-15Sir Francis Drake aboard Pelican travels from Chile to Washington
  • 11-23Water Geuzen under Captain Slope enter Amsterdam
  • 12-13Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England to go around world

People born in year of 1577

  • 02-08Robert Burton: Writer, Anglican clergyman (Anatomy of Melancholy)
  • 03-26Elisabeth of Nassau: Daughter of Willem I and Charlotte of Bourbon
  • 05-01Francois van Kinschot: Dutch treasurer
  • 05-28Floris II van Pallandt: Dutch Earl of Culemborg / politician
  • 06-02Giovanni Righi: Composer
  • 06-21Giovanni Del Turco: Composer
  • 06-28Peter Paul Rubens: Siegen -- Flemish Baroque painter (Circumcision)
  • 09-06Pietro Tacca: Italian sculptor / architect (Aanbidding of the Point)
  • 10-07Ferdinand [of Bayern]: Prince-Bishop of Liege / Archbishop
  • 10-17Cristofano Allori: Italian painter (Judith)
  • 11-10Jacob Cats [Father Cats]: Dutch grand pensionary / poet (Houwelyck)

People died in year of 1577

  • 02-26Erik XIV Wasa: King of Sweden (1560-69), dies at 43
  • 05-08Viglius ab Aytta Zuichemus: Lawyer / President (Raad van State)

Events in year of 1578

  • 01-31Battle of Gembloers
  • 04-01William Harvey of England discovers blood circulation
  • 06-11England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore and colonize US
  • 08-02Battle of Rijmenam
  • 08-04Battle of Alcazarquivir, Moroccans defeat Portuguese, 10,000 killed
  • 08-13Duke French van Anjou recognized as protector of the Netherlands
  • 10-10Count Johan Casimir occupies Ghent with 500 horsemen

People born in year of 1578

  • 01-28Cornelis Haga: Dutch lawyer / ambassador to Constantinople (1611-39)
  • 03-18Adam Elsheimer: German painter / cartoonist / etcher, baptized
  • 04-01William Harvey: England, United Kingdom -- Physician (discovered blood circulation)
  • 04-14Philip III: King of Spain and Portugal (1598-1621)
  • 05-30Valentin Dretzel: Composer
  • 07-09Ferdinand II: King of Bohemia / Hungary / German Emperor (1619-37)
  • 07-31Catharina Belgica of Nassau: Daughter of Willem of Orange
  • 12-02Agostino Agazzari: Composer

People died in year of 1578

  • 02-05Giovanni B Moroni: Italian portrait painter
  • 03-31Juan de Escobedo: Secretary of Spanish land guardian Don Juan, murdered
  • 07-04Charles de Berlaymont: Baron of Hierges, gov / Viceroy of Names
  • 08-042 Moroccan royalist, Die in battle
  • 08-04Sebastiaan: King of Portugal (1557-78), dies in battle at about 24
  • 08-11Pedro Nunes [Nonius]: Port Mathematician / astronomer (nonius)
  • 11-08Johann Walter: Composer, dies at 51