1581 in History
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