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What Happened on June 17, 1579

Historical Events

  • Anti-English uprising in Ireland

Historic ExpeditionFrancis Drake Lands in California

English navigator Francis Drake lands on the coast of California at Drakes Bay, names it "New Albion"

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1590 depiction of Francis Drake's landing in what he called New Albion, now northern California
1590 depiction of Francis Drake's landing in what he called New Albion, now northern California
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1579 Highlights

About June 17, 1579

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 441 years, 4 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Gemini