1588 in History

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Events in History

  • Jan 22 Pope Sixtus V decrees "Immense aeterni" (Reformed curia)
  • Apr 4 Christian IV succeeds Frederik II as king of Denmark
  • May 9 Duke Henri de Guise's troops occupy Paris
  • May 12 Catholic League under duke Henri de Guise occupies Paris
  • May 13 King Henri III flees Paris
  • May 28 Spanish Armada under the Duke of Medina-Sidonia departs Lisbon to invade England
  • Jun 19 Spanish Armada heavily destroyed in storm at Coruna
  • Jul 11 French King Henri III accept demands of Catholic League
  • Jul 21 First engagement between the English fleet and the Spanish Armada off the Eddystone Rocks
  • Jul 26 English Admiral John Hawkins knighted for his actions against the Armada
  • Jul 29 The Battle of Gravelines - Spanish Armada damaged & scattered by the English fleet
  • Jul 29 Duke Farneses troops ready for invasion of England
  • Aug 12 Commander of the English fleet Lord Howard of Effingham calls off chase of the Spanish Armada off coast of Scotland
  • Aug 12 Medemblik surrenders to Spanish army
  • Oct 23 Remnants of Medina Sidonia's Spanish Armada returns to Santander

Birthdays in History


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Jan 12 John Winthrop, English Puritan lawyer and 1st governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, born in Edwardstone, England (d. 1649)

Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony John Winthrop
Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
John Winthrop
  • Feb 19 Pieter de Carpentier, Flemish gov-gen of Dutch East-Indies

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Apr 5 Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher (Leviathan), born in Westport, England (d. 1679)

Philosopher Thomas Hobbes
Philosopher
Thomas Hobbes
  • Apr 15 Claudius Salmasius, [Claude Saumaise], French linguist
  • May 13 Ole Worm, Danish physician (d. 1654)
  • May 28 Pierre Seguier, Chancellor of France (d. 1672)
  • Jun 11 George Wither, English writer (d. 1667)
  • Sep 1 Henry II, Prince of Condé, French nobleman (d. 1646)
  • Nov 27 Valerius Andreas, [Walter Driessens], Flemish historian
  • Dec 10 Isaac Beeckman, Dutch scientist and philosopher (d. 1637)
  • Dec 24 Constance of Austria, queen of Poland (d. 1631)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 17 Qi Jiguang, Chinese general, dies at 59
  • Feb 9 Marquis of Santa Cruz, Spanish admiral, dies
  • Feb 10 Joost Sybrantsz Buyck, Amsterdam merchant/regent, dies at about 82
  • Feb 24 Johann Weyer, Dutch physician and occultist
  • Mar 10 Theodor Zwinger, Swiss scholar (b. 1533)
  • Mar 17 Petrus Dathenus, Flemish minister/physician (Psalms of David), dies
  • Apr 4 Frederik II, King of Denmark/Norway (1559-88), dies at 53
  • Apr 19 Paolo Veronese (Cagliari), painter, dies
  • Jun 10 Valentin Weigel, German mystic, dies
  • Jun 18 Anna, daughter of prince Willem I/Anna van Saksen, dies at 24
  • Jun 18 Robert Crowley, English printer and poet
  • Jul 17 Sinan, Ottoman architect (b. 1489)
  • Aug 8 Alonso Sánchez Coello, Spanish painter
  • Sep 4 Robert Dudley, English Earl of Leicester, favourite of Elizabeth I, dies at 87
  • Oct 1 Blessed Edward James, Catholic martyr
  • Oct 2 Bernardino Telesio, Italian philosopher (Rerum in Child), dies
  • Nov 1 Jean Daurat, French poet (b. 1508)
  • Nov 2 Wilhelmus Damasi, theologist/1st bishop of Roermond, dies at 63
  • Dec 23 Hendrik de Guise, French leader of Catholic League, murdered at 37