Category Archives: 16th Century

Historical Facts from 1501 to 1600 CE

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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October 4, 1582

October 4, 1582, was the last day that Italy, Spain, Portugal and Poland made use of the Julian calendar. The very next day, which would jump to October 15, 1582, the four countries adopted and began using the more solar … Continue reading

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September 22, 1598

On September 22, 1598, English playwright and director Ben Jonson was arrested and indicted for manslaughter for killing one of his actors, Gabriel Spencer, in a duel. Apparently even in 1598, actors and writers couldn’t get along very well. Gabriel … Continue reading

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August 18, 1587

On August 18, 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child born on American soil of English parents, thereby becoming the first anchor baby in American history.

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June 11, 1509

On June 11, 1509 King Henry VIII of England married the first of his six wives, Catherine of Aragon. The reader must understand, this was not a Mormon marriage, as Henry was a Catholic at the time. He was married … Continue reading

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June 9, 1549

On June 9, 1549, the Book of Common Prayer was adopted by the Church of England. Over the lips, through the gums, look out stomach, here it comes, was not included. All though there were sections on the begging for … Continue reading

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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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