On This Day

Historical Events in 1595

Declaration of War

Jan 17 King Henry IV of France declares war on Spain

Theater Premiere

Jan 29 William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet" is thought to have been first performed. Officially published early 1597.

  • Apr 2 Cornelis de Houtman's ships depart to Asia through Cape of Good Hope
  • May 2 King Philip II names Albrecht of Austria land guardian of Netherlands
  • May 24 Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library

Historic Event

Jul 19 Astronomer Johannes Kepler has an epiphany and develops his theory of the geometrical basis of the universe while teaching in Graz

  • Jul 21 Spanish explorer Álvaro de Mendaña is the first European to discover the Marquesas Island in Eastern Polynesia
  • Aug 23 Michael the Brave confronts the Ottoman army in the Battle of Calugareni.
  • Sep 17 Pope Clemens VIII recognizes Henry IV as King of France
  • Oct 9 The Spanish army captures Cambrai
  • Oct 28 Battle at Giurgevo: Zsigmond Bathory of Transylvania beats Turks