Death of Pope Gregory XIII – 10 April 1585

On this day in history, 10th April 1585, Pope Gregory XIII, died. He was the man who said of Elizabeth I in 1580 “Whosoever sends her out of the world … not only does not sin but gains merit” and who supported attempts to dethrone her and replace her with a Catholic monarch.

Of course, Pope Gregory XIII is best known for introducing the Gregorian Calendar in 1582, which sought to reform and replace the Julian Calendar which had been in use in Europe since 45BC. Many European countries did not introduce the new calendar in 1582 and Britain did not introduce it until 1752!

You can read all about the Gregorian Calendar in my article “The First Day of the Gregorian Calendar”.