On This Day

Historical Events in 1578

  • Jan 31 Battle of Gembloux (Gembloers); Spanish forces win decisive victor over coalition rebel forces

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Feb 13 Tycho Brahe first sketches "Tychonic system" of solar system

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Mar 10 Queen Elizabeth I of England gives Johan Casimir £20,000 to aid Dutch rebellion

  • Apr 27 Duel of the Mignons claims the lives of two favorites of Henry III of France and two favorites of Henry I, Duke of Guise.
  • May 31 Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England, to Frobisher Bay, Canada. Eventually mines fools gold, famously used to pave the streets of London.
  • Jun 11 England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore and colonize North America
  • Jul 2 English explorer Martin Frobisher sights Baffin Island
  • Aug 2 Battle of Rijmenam: Spanish Habsburg forces defeated by Dutch troops (Eighty Years' War)
  • Aug 4 Battle of Alcazarquivir, Moroccans defeat Portuguese, 10,000 killed
  • Aug 13 Duke Frans of Anjou recognized as protector of Netherlands

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Aug 20 Francis Drake renames his flagship the Pelican to the Golden Hind in honor of his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton [1]

  • Oct 10 Count Johan Casimir occupies Ghent with 500 horsemen