1596 in History

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Events in History

  • Jan 31 Catholic League disbanded
  • Apr 17 Archduke Albrecht of Austria occupies Calais
  • Apr 24 Pacificatie of Ireland drawn
  • May 18 Willem Barents leaves Amsterdam for Novaya Zemlya
  • May 26 England, France & Netherlands sign Drievoudig Covenant against Spain
  • Jun 22 Cornelis de Houtmans fleet reaches Banten Java
  • Jun 30 English/Dutch fleet reach Cadiz
  • Jul 5 English fleet under Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, captures Cadiz
  • Jul 17 At 10:30AM Dutch explorer Willem Barents arrives at Novaya Zemlya
  • Aug 3 David Fabricius discovers light variation of Mira (1st variable star)
  • Aug 9 Henry van Cuyk becomes bishop of Roermond
  • Sep 5 Dutch fleet commander Cornelis de Houtman taken hostage in Java
  • Sep 7 Dutch fleet bombards Banten, Java
  • Sep 20 Diego de Montemayor founded the city of Monterrey in New Spain.
  • Oct 24 -26] Battle at Kerestes: Ottoman beat Austria-Hungary & Germany
  • Oct 25 Spanish fleet sails from Lisbon to Ireland
  • Oct 31 English, French & Dutch delegates sign anti-Spanish "Triple Covenant"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 29 King Philip II devalues Spanish currency

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • Dec 22 Ferryboat Meuniers crashes in Paris, 150 die

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 13 Jan J Goyen, Dutch landscape painter
  • Mar 11 Isaac Elsevier, book publisher

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 31 René Descartes, French philosopher (he thought, therefore he was), born in Descartes, Indre-et-Loire, France (d. 1650)

Philosopher René Descartes
Philosopher
René Descartes
  • May 9 Abraham van Diepenbeeck, painter
  • Jun 21 Michael Fjodorovitsj, tsar of Russia (1613-45)/1st Romanov
  • Jun 23 Johan Banér, Swedish soldier (d. 1641)
  • Jun 29 Emperor Go-Mizunoo of Japan (d. 1680)
  • Aug 16 Frederick V, Elector Palatine (d. 1632)
  • Aug 18 Jean Bolland, Flemish Jesuit writer (d. 1665)
  • Aug 19 Elizabeth Stuart, Electress Palatine, Queen of Bohemia and daughter of James IV and I of England and Scotland (d. 1662)
  • Aug 26 Frederik V, king of Bohemia (White Mountain)
  • Sep 3 Nicolo Amati, Italy, violin maker (Stradivari & Guarneri)
  • Sep 4 Constantine Huygens, Dutch poet/diplomat (Delightful Folly)
  • Sep 23 Joan Blaeu, cartographer/publisher
  • Sep 28 Vredius, [Olivier de Wree], Flemish historian/poet/mayor
  • Dec 21 Petro Mohyla, Moldovan Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop of Kiev and Galicia (d. 1646)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 21 John Ligarius, German theologist/prime minister, dies at 66

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 28 Francis Drake, English pirate, Admiral and Governor of Newfoundland (Porto Bello West Indies), dies of dysentery at 50

Vice Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Vice Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
  • Feb 17 Friedrich Sylburg, German classical scholar (b. 1536)
  • Mar 23 Henry Unton, English diplomat
  • May 27 Tibaldi II, Italian painter/sculptor/architect, dies
  • Jul 29 Jacobus Latomus, Flemish poet (Psalms/Jeremias) dies at about 84
  • Aug 11 Hamnet Shakespeare, son of William Shakespeare (b. 1585)
  • Sep 9 Anna Jagiellon, Polish Queen
  • Sep 13 Pieter D Keyzer/Keyser, astronomer/navigator (Java)
  • Sep 15 Leonhard Rauwolf, German physician and botanist (b. 1535 or 1540)
  • Oct 3 Florent Chrestien, French writer (b. 1541)
  • Nov 1 Pierre Pithou, French lawyer and scholar (b. 1539)
  • Nov 10 Peter Wentworth, English Puritan politician (b. 1530)
  • Dec 8 Luis de Carabajal, 1st Jewish author in America, executed in Mexico