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1586 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 15 Battle at Boxum: Spanish troops under Tassis beat state army
  • Feb 4 Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, becomes governor-general of the States General of the United Provinces (Netherlands)
  • Mar 8 Johan van Oldenbarnevelt becomes Dutch chief legal advisor
  • Jun 19 English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, North Carolina

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Jul 27 Walter Raleigh brings the 1st tobacco to England from Virginia

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Walter Raleigh
  • Jul 28 Sir Thomas Harriot introduces potatoes to Europe on return to England
  • Sep 22 Battle at Zutphen: Dutch army, assisted by the English, against the Spanish

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Oct 14 Mary Queen of Scots goes on trial for conspiracy against Elizabeth

Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Dec 3 Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Colombia
  • Dec 15 Laevinus Torrentius, becomes bishop of Antwerp
  • Dec 17 Go-Yōzei becomes 107th Emperor of Japan

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 17 John Ford, English dramatist ('Tis Pity She's a Whore), born in Ilsington, Devon, England (d. 1639)
  • Apr 20 Saint Rose of Lima [Isabel Flores de Olivia], Peruvian saint, a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic, born in Lima, Peru (d. 1617)
  • Jul 5 Thomas Hooker, American colonial clergyman (known as "the father of Connecticut"), born in Marefield, Leicestershire, England (d. 1647)
  • Jul 7 Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel, English statesman (d. 1646)
  • Aug 8 Adolf, earl of Nassau-Siegen
  • Aug 14 William Hutchinson, Rhode Island colonist, born in Alford, Lincolnshire, England (d. 1642)
  • Aug 17 Johann V Andreae, German vicar and writer (Christenburg)
  • Oct 9 Jan III van Foreest, Dutch lawyer, poet and mayor of Hoorn, born in Alkmaar, Netherlands (d. 1651)
  • Oct 9 Leopold V, Archduke of Austria, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1632)
  • Dec 6 Niccolò Zucchi, Italian astronomer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1670)
  • Dec 29 Francisco de Moncada, 3rd Marquis of Aitona, Spanish diplomat, soldier, and writer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1635)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 18 Margaret of Austria, regent of The Netherlands (b. 1522)
  • Jan 25 Lucas Cranach the Younger, German painter, dies at 70
  • Mar 20 Richard Maitland, Scottish statesman and historian (b. 1496)
  • Apr 8 Martin Chemnitz, German Lutheran reformer and theologian, dies at 63
  • May 5 Henry Sidney, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1529)
  • Jun 28 Primož Trubar, Slovenian Protestant reformer (b. 1508)
  • Sep 20 Anthony Babington, page and conspirator to Mary, Queen of Scots, executed at 24
  • Sep 21 Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, Spanish cardinal and viceroy of Naples (1571-75), dies at 69
  • Oct 17 Philip Sidney, English Elizabethan era poet (Arcadia) and soldier, dies in battle at 32
  • Dec 12 Stefan Batory, King of Poland (1575-86), dies at 53