On This Day

Historical Events in 1588

  • Jan 22 Pope Sixtus V decrees "Immense aeterni" (Reformed curia)
  • Apr 4 Christian IV succeeds Frederick II as king of Denmark
  • May 9 Duke Henri de Guise's troops occupy Paris
  • May 12 Catholic League under duke Henri de Guise occupies Paris
  • May 13 King Henri III flees Paris
  • May 28 Spanish Armada under the Duke of Medina-Sidonia departs Lisbon to invade England
  • Jun 19 Spanish Armada heavily destroyed in storm at Coruna
  • Jul 11 French King Henri III accept demands of Catholic League
  • Jul 21 First engagement between the English fleet and the Spanish Armada off the Eddystone Rocks
  • Jul 26 English Admiral John Hawkins knighted for his actions against the Armada
  • Jul 29 The Battle of Gravelines - Spanish Armada damaged and scattered by the English fleet
  • Jul 29 Duke Farneses troops ready for invasion of England
  • Aug 12 Commander of the English fleet Lord Howard of Effingham calls off chase of the Spanish Armada off coast of Scotland
  • Aug 12 Medemblik surrenders to Spanish army
  • Oct 23 Remnants of Medina Sidonia's Spanish Armada returns to Santander
  • Dec 23 "The Day of the Dagger" Henry, Duke of Guise, leader of the Catholic League is assassinated by the bodyguards of King Henry III at the Ch√Ęteau de Blois