Category Archives: 16th Century

Historical Facts from 1501 to 1600 CE

November 16, 1581

On November 16, 1581, crazy Russian Tsar, Ivan the Terrible, grew angry and physically assaulted his daughter-in-law, Yelena Sheremeteva, for wearing ‘unconventionally’ light clothing. Ivan’s son and heir, Ivan Ivanovich heard his wife’s screams and rushed in to protect her. … Continue reading

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November 9, 1541

On November 9, 1541, Henry VIII, the King of England confined his fifth wife, Queen Catherine Howard, to the Tower of London. In 2017, when President Donald Trump finally learned of Henry VIII’s behavior, he asked Steve Bannon if he … Continue reading

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November 3, 1534

On November 3, 1534, the English parliament passed the Act of Supremacy and made Henry VIII, and all subsequent English monarchs, the Head of the Church of England, which effectively ended the Catholic Church’s power in Great Britain. One word … Continue reading

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September 13, 1503

On September 13, 1503, Michelangelo began working on his magnum opus, his marble statue of David. Two years later when he finished and unveiled his masterpiece to the world and everyone came running to look at it, it is rumored… Continue reading

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June 14, 1594

On June 14, 1594, Jacob Kroger was hanged in Edinburgh, Scotland for stealing the jewels of Anne of Denmark, the wife of James VI of Scotland. Kroger was a German goldsmith who had accompanied Anne’s royal court to Scotland in… Continue reading

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June 1, 1494

On June 1, 1494, the first written evidence of scotch whiskey was documented in the world. King James IV of Scotland had eight bolls of malt delivered to Brother John Cor at Lindores Abbey in Fife so he could distill it into… Continue reading

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May 13, 1559

On May 13, 1559, Netherlands Anabaptist leader, David Joris, had his three year old corpse exhumed in Basel. His corpse was then convicted of heresy and burned as punishment. Turns out people with grudges can still act childish and throw … Continue reading

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April 27, 1578

On April 27, 1578, the Duel of the Mignons happened and claimed the lives of two of the favorite retainers of Henry III of France and two of the favorite retainers of Henry I, Duke of Guise. What was a … Continue reading

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April 24, 1519

On April 24, 1519, the envoys of Montezuma II, the Aztec emperor of Mexico, attended the first Easter mass in Central America as guests of Spanish conqueror, excuse me, Spanish colonizer, wait, of Spanish tourist, Hernan Cortes. The Aztecan envoys … Continue reading

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April 13, 1560

On April 13, 1560, Giovanni Battista, favorite son of famed Italian mathematician Girolamo Cardano, was beheaded for murdering his wife. Why did he kill her? Because he discovered that their three children weren’t his. When did he let her know … Continue reading

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