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, Queen of Scots

Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I

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