On This Day

What Happened in January 1596

Historical Events

  • Jan 31 Catholic League disbanded

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 5 Henry Lawes, English composer, born in Dinton, United Kingdom (d. 1662)
  • Jan 13 Jan van Goyen, Dutch landscape painter, born in Leiden (d. 1656)

Famous Deaths

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

Person of interestFrancis Drake

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

Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake