On This Day

Historical Events in 1586

  • Jan 15 Battle at Boxum: Spanish troops under Tassis beat state army
  • Feb 4 Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, becomes governor-general of the States General of the United Provinces (Netherlands)
  • Mar 8 Johan van Oldenbarnevelt becomes Dutch chief legal advisor
  • Jun 19 English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, North Carolina

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 27 Walter Raleigh brings the 1st tobacco to England from Virginia

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Explorer
Walter Raleigh
  • Jul 28 Sir Thomas Harriot introduces potatoes to Europe on return to England
  • Sep 22 Battle at Zutphen: Dutch army, assisted by the English, against the Spanish

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 Mary Queen of Scots goes on trial for conspiracy against Elizabeth

Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Dec 3 Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Colombia
  • Dec 15 Laevinus Torrentius, becomes bishop of Antwerp
  • Dec 17 Go-Yōzei becomes 107th Emperor of Japan