Category Archives: 16th Century

Historical Facts from 1501 to 1600 CE

April 4, 1581

On April 4, 1581, Sir Francis Drake was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I. This was due to his feat of being the first captain to circumnavigate the world and not die in the attempt. Ferdinand Magellan was the first captain … Continue reading

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February 13, 1503

On February 13, 1503, the Challenge of Barletta took place and the French got their butts handed to them by the Italians. What happened to lead up to this famous duel of 13 French knights versus 13 Italian knights? Well, … Continue reading

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February 10, 1567

On February 10, 1567, Lord Darnley, the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, was found dead, following an explosion at the Kirk o’Field house in Edinburgh, Scotland. Surprisingly, he didn’t die from the explosion, but instead was found to … Continue reading

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January 29, 1594

On January 29, 1594, Scottish mathematician, physicist and astronomer, John Napier of Merchiston, dedicated his manuscript, ‘A Plaine Discovery of the Whole Revelation of St. John’ to King James VI. While Napier was a brilliant mathematician and he did discover … Continue reading

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June 3, 1539

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1539 Hernando De Soto claimed Florida for Spain by landing near Tampa Bay, finding a convenient palm tree, peeing on the trunk and yelling dibs. It was a good time to be an explorer.

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March 9, 1562

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1562 an anti-obscenity law was passed in Naples that also banned public kissing. The law was rescinded the next day.

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August 21, 1560

On this date in Twisted-History.com in 1560, 14 year old Tycho Brahe of Denmark received his first telescope and became interested in astronomy. Tycho Brahe was known during his lifetime as an astronomer and alchemist and for his exact, accurate … Continue reading

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March 31, 1596

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1596, Rene Descartes was born. A couple of days later, his father Joachim Descartes was heard to say to his wife, Jeanne Brochard, “The child does stink, therefore change his diaper,” Jeanne Brochard later … Continue reading

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February 18, 1564

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1564 the artist formerly known as Michelangelo died in Rome.

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October 15, 1520

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1520, King Henry VIII of England signed the orders to have bowling lanes installed at his Whitehall residence. This was back when Henry was still a young man, tall and very athletic. In fact, … Continue reading

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