Category Archives: 16th Century

Historical Facts from 1501 to 1600 CE

January 29, 1594

On January 29, 1594, Mathematician John Napier dedicated his “Plaine Discovery of the Whole Revelation of St. John” to King James VI and predicted the end of the world in 1688 or 1700. He wasn’t exactly sure as he had … Continue reading

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January 28, 1521

On January 28, 1521, the Diet of Worms began and Protestant reformer Martin Luther was declared an outlaw by the Roman Catholic Church. Apparently he refused to eat the worms offered and sang, “God loves me, the Catholic Church hates … Continue reading

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January 13, 1547

On January 13, 1547, the Earl of Surrey, Henry Howard was sentenced to death by Henry VIII of England. What got Henry Howard’s neck shortened? He added the arms of King Edward the Confessor to his coat of arms and … Continue reading

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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… 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… 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… 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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