On This Day

What Happened in 1599

Historical Events

  • Jan 11 Jacob van Neck's fleet leaves Bantam, Java in modern day Indonesia with 1 million pounds of pepper and cloves and a further half a ship full of nutmeg, mace and cinnamon
  • Mar 27 English nobleman Robert Devereux becomes Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
  • Jul 19 Jacob van Necks merchant fleet leaves Java
  • Jul 23 Italian painter Caravaggio gets his first public commission, the Contarelli Chapel in the church of San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome
  • Aug 15 Nine Years War: Battle of Curlew Pass - Irish forces led by Hugh Roe O'Donnell successfully ambush English forces, led by Sir Conyers Clifford, sent to relieve Collooney Castle.
  • Sep 7 Earl of Essex & Irish rebel Tyrone signs treaty
  • Dec 25 The city of Natal, Brazil, is founded.

Famous People in 1599

World Leaders in 1599

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 18 Valencia arch duke Albrecht of Austrian marries Isabella of Spain

Famous People Who Died in 1599

  • Jan 13 Edmund Spenser, poet (Faerie Queene), dies at about 46
  • Jan 22 Cristofano Malvezzi, Italian composer, dies at 51
  • Feb 8 Robert Rollock, Scottish educator (1st Regent of Edinburgh University), dies
  • Apr 10 Gabrielle d'EstrĂ©e, mistress of King Henry IV of France (b. 1571)
  • Apr 14 Henry Wallop, English statesman who governed Ireland

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