On This Day

Historical Events in 1587

  • Jan 29 Deventer and Zutphen surrender to Spain

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Feb 1 Queen Elizabeth I of England signs death warrant for her cousin, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots

Queen of Scotland Mary Stuart
Queen of Scotland
Mary Stuart

ScotlandExecution of Mary Queen of Scots

Feb 8 Mary, Queen of Scots, is beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle aged 44 after being convicted of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth I in the Babington Plot
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Depiction of the execution on Mary, Queen of Scots at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire
Depiction of the execution on Mary, Queen of Scots at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire
  • Mar 1 Puritan English parliamentary leader Sir Peter Wentworth confined in London Tower
  • Apr 29 Sir Frances Drake sails into Cadiz Spain & sinks Spanish fleet ("singeing the King of Spain's beard")
  • Jul 22 2nd English colony forms on Roanoke Island off North Carolina
  • Aug 5 Spanish troops conquer Lock
  • Aug 18 Saul Wahl is elected King of Poland, according to legend.

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Aug 19 Sigismund III becomes King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania

  • Oct 20 Battle at Coultras: Henri van Navarra beats Catholic League
  • Oct 31 Leiden University Library opens its doors after its founding in 1575.
  • Nov 24 Battle at Auneau: Henri de Guise wins
  • Nov 27 Dutch county of Groningen flooded by failure of dyke
  • Dec 17 The Earl of Leicester's army leaves Netherlands