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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1581 AD


January 16: English parliament passes laws against Catholicism
January 28: James VI signs 2nd Confession of Faith in Scotland


March 25: Portugese Cortes calls Philip II king of Portugal


April 1: Portugese Cortes subjects himself on Philip II
April 4: Frances Drake completes circumnavigation of world
April 15: Cortes van Thomar accepts Philip II as king of Portugal


July 14: English jesuit Edmund Campion arrested
July 24: States of Holland/Zealand recognized by Willem van Orange


August 2: Leiden University names Snellius math professor


October 15: Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine," is staged in Paris


November 7: Queen Elizabeth I and Francois of Anjou wed
November 29: Doornik surrenders to duke of Parma
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