On This Day

What Happened in January 1595

Historical Events

BattleDeclaration of War

Jan 17 King Henry IV of France declares war on Spain

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Jan 29 William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet" is thought to have been first performed. Officially published early 1597.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 6 Claude Favre de Vaugelas, French man of letters, born in Bourg-en-Bresse, France (d. 1650)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 Ercole Procaccini, Italian painter, dies
  • Jan 15 Murat III, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1546)
  • Jan 16 Murad III, sultan of Turkey (1574-95), dies at 48
  • Jan 24 Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria, Governor of Bohemia, dies at 65