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  • Feb 26 Mauritius of Nassaus sails to Breda
  • Mar 4 Mauritius of Nassau's ship reaches Breda
  • Mar 6 A Dutch and English army led by Maurice of Nassau captured the heavily protected city of Breda using a small assault force hid in a peat barge.

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Mar 14 Battle of Ivry: French King Henry IV beats Catholic League during French Wars of Religion

  • Apr 2 States-General appoints earl Mauritius, viceroy of Utrecht
  • May 17 Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 6 English admiral Francis Drake takes Portuguese Forts at Taag

Vice Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Vice Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 King Philip II's secretary Antonio Perez escapes jail

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • Aug 17 Governor of Roanoke Island colony, John White, returns from England to find no trace of the colonists he had left there 3 years earlier [or Aug 18, 1591]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 Tokugawa Ieyasu enters Edo Castle (Traditional Japanese date: August 1, 1590)

  • Sep 5 Alexander Farnese's army forces Henry IV of France to raise the siege of Paris
  • Sep 15 Giambattista Catagna elected as Pope Urban VII
  • Sep 27 Pope Urban VII dies 13 days after being chosen as the Pope, making his reign the shortest papacy in history.
  • Dec 5 Niccolo Sfondrati chosen as Pope Gregory XIV