1579 in History

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Events in History

  • Jan 6 Artois, Hainault and Dowaai sign pro-Spanish Union of Arras
  • Jan 6 The Union of Atrecht is signed
  • Jan 7 England signs an offensive & defensive alliance with Netherland
  • Jan 23 Union of Utrecht signed, forming protestant Dutch Republic
  • Jan 25 Treaty of Utrecht signed, marks beginning of Dutch Republic
  • Mar 5 Betuwe joins Union of Utrecht
  • Mar 6 Veluwe joins Union of Utrecht
  • Mar 23 Friesland joins Union of Utrecht
  • Apr 11 Venlo joins Union of Utrecht
  • May 7 Congress of Cologne forms in Netherlands
  • May 17 Artois/Henegouwen/French-Flanders sign Treaty/Peace of Parma recognizing Spanish duke van Parma as land guardian
  • Jun 17 Anti-English uprising in Ireland

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Jun 17 Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California at Drakes Bay, names it "New Albion"

Vice Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Vice Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
  • Jul 8 Our Lady of Kazan, a holy icon of the Russian Orthodox Church, was discovered underground in the city of Kazan, Tatarstan
  • Jul 21 Mechelen surrenders to Duke of Parma
  • Jul 26 Francis Drake leaves San Francisco to cross Pacific Ocean
  • Jul 28 Cardinal Granvelle returns to Madrid
  • Jul 29 Antwerp request union with Utrecht

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Jul 29 King Philip II arrests plotters Antonio Perez & princess van Eboli

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II

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Aug 17 Francois of Anjou visits English Queen Elizabeth I

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • Sep 13 Breda forms Union of Utrecht

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 Willem Teellinck, Dutch theologist/vicar
  • Jan 12 Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist, (found boiling point temperature)
  • Feb 9 John Meursius, [van Meurs], Dutch historian
  • Apr 12 Francois de Bassompierre, marshal of France
  • Jul 13 Arthur Dee, English physician (d. 1651)
  • Aug 1 Luís Vélez de Guevara, Écija, Spanish writer
  • Aug 18 Charlotte Flandrina van Nassau, daughter of Willem I of Orange
  • Nov 11 Frans Snyders, Flemish animal painter
  • Dec 9 Martinus de Porres, Peruvian saint (patron of social justice) (d. 1639)
  • Dec 20 John Fletcher, Elizabethan dramatist (Phylaster) (baptized)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 20 Nicholas Bacon, English politician (b. 1509)
  • Jun 25 Hatano Hideharu, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1541)
  • Jun 30 Mehmed Pasha Sokolović, Turkish Janissary
  • Aug 5 Stanislaus Hosius, Polish Catholic cardinal (b. 1504)
  • Oct 24 Albrecht V von Wittelsbach, duke of Bavaria, dies at 51
  • Nov 15 Ferenc Dávid, Hungarian religious reformer (b. 1510)
  • Nov 21 Thomas Gresham, English merchant and financier
  • Dec 21 Vicente Masip, Spanish painter