On This Day

What Happened in January 1579

Historical Events

  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 4 Willem Teellinck, Dutch theologist/vicar
  • Jan 12 Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist, (found boiling point temperature)