Category Archives: 16th Century

Historical Facts from 1501 to 1600 CE

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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April 8, 1513

On April 8, 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed at what is now called St. Augustine, Florida and claimed all of Florida for Spain. How’d he do this you ask? He stood on the land, planted a flag … Continue reading

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March 25, 1593

On March 25, 1593, Dutch scholar, theologian, and priest, Cornelius Loos recanted his earlier protest against the witchcraft persecution that was being carried out by the Catholic Church in Europe. He wrote a book protesting the witch hunts and questioned … Continue reading

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February 12, 1502

On February 12, 1502, Queen Isabella I of Castile issued an edict outlawing Islam in her country. This forced her Muslim subjects to either convert, go to prison, voluntarily leave if they could, or die. Just so all the American … Continue reading

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February 7, 1569

On February 7, 1569, King Phillip II of Spain formed the Inquisition in South America. The South Americans weren’t expecting it. Yes. This joke’s been used before. It will be used again. Don’t tell me you didn’t expected it.

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