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1594 in History

Events in History

InventionScientific Discovery

Jan 29 Mathematician John Napier dedicates his "Plaine Discovery of the Whole Revelation of St. John" to King James VI, predicts end of the world in 1688 or 1700

Mathematician John Napier
John Napier
King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI

CrownRoyal Coronation

Feb 19 Having already inherited the throne of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth through his mother, Catherine Jagellonica of Poland, Sigismund III of the House of Vasa is crowned King of Sweden, succeeding his father John III of Sweden.

CrownRoyal Coronation

Feb 27 Henry IV crowned King of France

  • Mar 12 Company of Distant established for business on East-Indies
  • Mar 22 French King Henry IV festival in Paris
  • Apr 15 Fleming Pieter Stevens appointed royal painter of Rudolf II (Prague)
  • May 22 Earl Mauritius and Willem Louis begins siege of Groningen
  • Jun 11 Philip II recognized the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paves way to the creation of the Principalía (i.e., elite ruling class of native nobility in Spanish Philippines)
  • Jul 23 Groningen surrenders to Count Mauritius/Willem Louis

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 25 Maria Tesselschade Roemers Visscher, Dutch writer
  • May 1 John Haynes, 5th Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, born in Essex, England (d. 1653)
  • May 29 Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Bavarian field marshal, born in Treuchtlingen, Bavaria (d. 1632)
  • Jun 15 Nicolas Poussin, French painter, born near Les Andelys, France (d. 1665)
  • Nov 17 Johan van Beverwijck, Dutch physician/writer (Treasure of Health)
  • Nov 30 John Cosin, English clergyman, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1672)
  • Dec 9 Gustavus II Adolphus, King who made Sweden a major power (1611-32), born in Castle Tre Kronor, Sweden (d. 1632)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 29 Thomas Cooper, English bishop, lexicographer, and writer
  • May 4 Paul Buys, Grand Pensionary of Holland, dies at 62
  • May 31 Tintoretto, Italian Mannerist painter and notable exponent of the Renaissance school, dies at 75
  • Jun 3 Michel Renichon, priest, executed
  • Jun 3 John Aylmer, English political theorist (b. 1521)

Person of interestThomas Kyd

Jul 16 Thomas Kyd, English dramatist (The Spanish Tragedy), dies at 35

Dramatist and Playwright Thomas Kyd
Dramatist and Playwright
Thomas Kyd
  • Jul 24 John Boste, Catholic saint and martyr (b. 1544)
  • Oct 16 William Allen, English cardinal/founder seminary of Douai, dies at 62
  • Nov 22 Martin Frobisher, English privateer, explorer (Canada) and later vice-admiral who helped defeat the Spanish Armada, dies aged between 55 and 59
  • Dec 5 Gerardus Mercator, Flemish philosopher/cartographer, dies at 82