1587 in history

1587 events chronologically

Feb 8 Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I
Jul 22 Colony of Roanoke: A second group of English settlers arrives on Roanoke Island off North Carolina to re-establish the deserted colony
Aug 18 Virginia Dare, granddaughter of Governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas
Oct 31 Leiden University Library opens its doors after its founding in 1575

Top 7 most famous people born in 1587

Jan 6 Gaspar de Guzmán Count-Duke of Olivares a Spanish royal favourite of Philip IV and minister. As prime minister from 1621 to 1643, he over-exerted Spain in foreign affairs and unsuccessfully attempted domestic reform. His policies of committing Spain to recapture Holland led to his major involvement in the Thirty Years' War and his attempts to centralise power and increase wartime taxation led to revolts in Catalonia and in Portugal, which brought about his downfall
Apr 8 Victor Amadeus I Duke of Savoy the Duke of Savoy from 1630 to 1637. He was also titular King of Cyprus and Jerusalem. He was also known as the Lion of Susa
Jun 24 William Arnold (settler) one of the founding settlers of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and with his sons was among the wealthiest people in the colony. He was raised and educated in England where he was the warden of Mary's, the parish church of Ilchester in southeastern Somerset. In 1635, along with family and associates, he immigrated to New England, where he initially settled in Hingham in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, but soon relocated to the new settlement of Providence with Roger Williams. He was one of the 13 original proprietors of Providence, appearing on the deed signed by Roger Williams in 1638, and was one of the twelve founding members of the first Baptist church to be established in America
Aug 18 Virginia Dare the first child born in the New World to English parents, Eleanor and Ananias Dare. She was named after the Virginia Colony, due to being the first Christian born there
Sep 18 Francesca Caccini an Italian composer, singer, lutenist, poet, and music teacher of the early Baroque era. She was also known by the nickname "La Cecchina", originally given to her by the Florentines and probably a diminutive of "Francesca". She was the daughter of Giulio Caccini. Her stage work, La liberazione di Ruggiero, has been widely considered the first opera by a woman composer
Nov 3 Samuel Scheidt a German composer, organist and teacher of the early Baroque era.
Nov 17 Joost van den Vondel a Dutch writer and playwright. He is considered the most prominent Dutch poet and playwright of the 17th century. His plays are the ones from that period that are still most frequently performed, and his epic Joannes de Boetgezant , on the life of John the Baptist, has been called the greatest Dutch epic

Top 7 most famous people died in 1587

Feb 8 Mary Queen of Scots Queen of Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567 and Queen consort of France from 10 July 1559 to 5 December 1560.
Mar 30 Ralph Sadler an English statesman, who served Henry VIII as Privy Councillor, Secretary of State and ambassador to Scotland. Sadler went on to serve Edward VI, although having signed the device settling the crown on Jane Grey, was obliged to retire to his estates during the reign of Mary Sadler was restored to royal favour during the reign of Elizabeth I, serving as a Privy Councillor and once again participating in Anglo-Scottish diplomacy. He was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in May 1568
Apr 18 John Foxe an English historian and martyrologist, the author of Actes and Monuments , an account of Christian martyrs throughout Western history but emphasizing the sufferings of English Protestants and proto-Protestants from the fourteenth century through the reign of Mary Widely owned and read by English Puritans, the book helped mould British popular opinion about the Catholic Church for several centuries.
May 17 Gotthard Kettler the last Master of the Livonian Order and the first Duke of Courland and Semigallia.
Jun 21 Uluç Ali Reis a corsair who later became an Ottoman admiral , Bey of the Regency of Algiers, and finally Grand Admiral of the Ottoman Fleet in the 16th century.
Oct 17 Francesco I de' Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany the second Grand Duke of Tuscany, ruling from 1574 until his death in 1587. He was the second grand duke of the house of Medici
Oct 17 Bianca Cappello an Italian noblewoman who was the mistress, and afterward the second wife, of Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Her husband officially made her his consort