Historical Events in 1598

  • Jan 7 Boris Godunov seizes Russian throne on death of Feodor I
  • Jan 8 Jews are expelled from Genoa, Italy
  • Jan 12 Pope Clement VIII seizes duchy of Ferrara on death of Alfonso
  • Feb 17 Boris Godunov chosen as Tsar of Russia
  • Feb 21 Boris Godunov crowned Tsar of Russia

Historic Event

Mar 20 Governor of Brittany, Philippe Emmanuel the Duke of Mercœur submits to French King Henry IV at Angers

  • Mar 25 Cornelis de Houtman's fleet departs for East-Indies
  • Apr 13 Edict of Nantes grants political rights to French Huguenots
  • Apr 30 1st theater performance in America (Spanish comedy-Rio Grande)
  • May 1 Jacob van Neck's merchant fleet departs for Java, modern day Indonesia
  • May 2 France & Spain sign Peace of Vervins
  • May 6 Archduke Albrecht & Isabella become rulers of the Southern Netherlands
  • Jun 15 Battle of San Juan: British forces led by Sir George Clifford attack Spanish-held San Juan, capturing the citadel El Moro and holding for 65 days [1]

Historic Event

Jun 30 King Philip II of Spain moves to El Escorial royal palace (dies there three months later)

  • Jul 10 Spanish theater plays "Moros y Los Cristianos" in Rio Grande
  • Aug 4 London's head office of Hanze closed
  • Aug 21 -22] Deed of Transfers proclaims Netherlands independence
  • Sep 1 Spanish King Philip II receives sacraments
  • Sep 17 Dutch sailors discover island of Mauritius

Historic Event

Sep 22 Playwright and poet Ben Jonson is indicted for manslaughter as the result of a duel

  • Oct 15 Spanish general strategist Bernardino de Mendoza occupies fort Rhine
  • Nov 8 Spanish troops under Bernardino de Mendoza conquer Doetinchem
  • Nov 25 Jacob Cornelius van Neck's merchant fleet reaches Bantam, West-Java on second Dutch expedition to Indonesia
  • Dec 16 Seven Year War: Battle of Noryang Point - in the final battle of the war Korean navy decisively defeats the Japanese
  • Dec 21 Battle of Curalaba: the Mapuche people led by Pelentaru revolt and inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile