On This Day

What Happened in October 1579

Historical Events

Historic Discovery

Oct 16 Francis Drake sights land in the Philippines after crossing the Pacific Ocean aboard the Golden Hind [1]

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 11 Sokollu Mehmed Pasha, Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire (1565-79), assassinated at 72 or 73
  • Oct 24 Albrecht V von Wittelsbach, duke of Bavaria, dies at 51