Events in year of 1580

  • 03-15Spanish King Philip II puts 25,000 gold coins on head of Prince Willem of Orange
  • 03-17Prince Willem of Orange welcomed in Amsterdam
  • 04-11Drenthe joins Union of Utrecht
  • 06-17Battle at Hardenberg: Spanish troops beat rebels
  • 06-18States of Utrecht forbid Catholic worship
  • 06-25Book of Concord, standards of Lutheran Church, 1st published
  • 08-25Battle of Alcantara, Spain defeats Portugal
  • 09-19Treaty of Plessis-lez-Tours (Anjou / Dutch States-General)
  • 09-26Francis Drake with Spanish treasure returns to England
  • 11-09Spanish troops lands in Ireland
  • 11-26French Huguenots and Roman Catholics sign peace treaty

People born in year of 1580

  • 01-12Jean Baptiste van Helmont: Belgian chemist (found boiling pt temp)
  • 04-18Thomas Middleton: English playwright (Game of Chess)
  • 07-06Johann Stobaeus: Composer
  • 09-17Charlotte Brabantia: Countess of Nassau / Daughter of Willem of Orange

People died in year of 1580

  • 01-18Antonio Scandello: Italian Composer (Passion of John), dies at 63
  • 01-31Hendrik: Portuguese Cardinal / epilepticus / regent (1578-80)
  • 02-15Cunerus Petri: Dutch Theologist / Bishop of Leeuwarden
  • 03-03Jacob Hillebrand: Dutch Mayor of Groningen
  • 05-27Jonker Barthold Entens van Mentheda until Middelstum
  • 06-15Nicolaas van Nieuwland: Corrupt 1st Bishop of Haarlem, dies at 70
  • 06-18Juliana van Stolberg: Engraver of Nassau
  • 07-25Baltazar Alvarez: Spanish Jesuit / writer, dies at 47
  • 08-19Andrea Palladio: Architect / writer (Il Redentore, Venice), dies at 71
  • 08-25Frederick Schenk van Toutenburg: Last Archbishop of Utrecht
  • 08-30Emanuel Philibert: Duke of Savoy / Governor of the Netherlands
  • 10-27John Bonga: Beggar
  • 11-09Gaspar Schetz: South Netherlands, minster of chief treasurer, dies at 67
  • 11-21Willem Van Hoorn: Baron of Heze, Governor of Brussels, executed
  • 12-01Edmund Campion: English Jesuit, hanged at 42
  • 12-01Giovanni Morone: Italian Theologian / diplomat / cardinal, dies at 71

Events in year of 1581

  • 01-16English parliament passes laws against Catholicism
  • 01-28James VI signs 2nd Confession of Faith in Scotland
  • 03-25Portugese Cortes calls Philip II King of Portugal
  • 04-01Portugese Cortes subjects himself on Philip II
  • 04-04Frances Drake completes circumnavigation of world
  • 04-04Francis Drake becomes knight
  • 04-15Cortes van Thomar accepts Philip II as King of Portugal
  • 07-14English Jesuit Edmund Campion arrested
  • 07-24States of Holland / Zealand recognized by Willem van Orange
  • 08-02Leiden University names Snellius Math Professor
  • 10-15Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine, " is staged in Paris
  • 11-07Queen Elizabeth I and Francois of Anjou wed
  • 11-29Doornik surrenders to Duke of Parma

People born in year of 1581

  • 01-04James Ussher: Archbishop of Armagh (gave age to Earth based on bible)
  • 02-04Daniel Selich: Composer
  • 05-06Frans Francken [the Younger]: Painter
  • 06-18Thomas Overbury: Poet
  • 07-02Johann Staden: Composer
  • 10-09Claude G Bachet de Meziriac: French mathematician / theologist
  • 10-19Dimitri Ivanovitch: Russian Son of Ivan IV "the Terrible"
  • 12-09Emilia Secunda Antwerpiana: Daughter of Willem of Orange

People died in year of 1581

  • 01-22Joost de Damhoudere: Flemish lawyer
  • 01-22Seerp Galama: Dutch nobleman / military / politician, dies at 52
  • 04-03Huibert Duifhuis: Roman Catholic pastor (Rotterdam / Utrecht)
  • 07-23Georges Lalaing: Viceroy of Friesland