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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1583 AD

January

January 1: 1st day of the Gregorian calendar in Holland and Flanders
January 12: Holland begins use of Gregorian calendar (yesterday was 1/1/1583)

February

February 21: Groningen Netherlands begins using Gregorian calendar

March

March 18: Dutch States General and Anjou sign treaty

April

April 12: William of Orange marries Louise de Coligny

June

June 17: Brabant: duke of Parma beats French mercenaries
June 18: Richard Martin of London takes out 1st life insurance policy, on William Gibbons, premium was 383 pounds
June 28: Duke French van Valois returns to France

July

July 17: Spanish and Walloon troops conquer Dunkerk

August

August 5: Gilbert claims Newfoundland (1st English colony in North America)

November

November 15: Gelders Earl Willem of the Bergh flees
November 20: Duke of Parma conquerors Aalst
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