On This Day

1598 in History

Events in History

  • 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

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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
  • 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 30 King Philip II moves to Escorial palace
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Spanish King Philip II receives sacraments

King of Spain Philip II of Spain
King of Spain
Philip II of Spain
  • Sep 17 Dutch sailors discover island of Mauritius

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

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson
Playwright and Poet
Ben Jonson
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 17 Giovanni Riccioli, Italian astronomer (Almagestum Novum), born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1671)
  • Apr 23 Maarten Tromp, Dutch admiral, born in Breille, Netherlands (d. 1653)
  • May 23 Claude Mellan, French engraver, cartoonist and painter, born in Abbeville, France (d. 1683)
  • Aug 7 Georg Stiernhielm, Swedish scholar and poet often known as "father of Swedish poetry" (Hercules), born in Vika, Sweden (d. 1672)
  • Sep 23 Eleonore Gonzaga, wife of Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1655)
  • Nov 7 Francisco Zurbarán, Spanish painter, born in Fuente de Cantos, Spain (d. 1664)
  • Nov 28 Hans Nansen, Danish statesman, born in Flensburg (d. 1667)

Person of interestGian Lorenzo Bernini

Dec 7 Gian Lorenzo [Giovanni] Bernini, Italian baroque sculptor (St Teresa in Ecstasy), painter and architect, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1680)

Baroque Sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Baroque Sculptor
Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Weddings in History

  • Mar 11 Countess Charlotte of Nassau marries duke Claude de la Tremoille

Deaths in History

  • Jan 7 Feodor I (Fyodor/Theodore Ivanovich), Tsar of Russia (1584-98), dies at 40
  • Jan 8 Johan Georg, Elector of Brandenburg (1571-91), dies at 72
  • Jan 9 Jasper Heywood, English translator (b. 1553)
  • Jan 17 Fyodor I Tsar of Russia (b. 1557)
  • Feb 10 Anna van Bull, 1st wife of Polish/Swedish king Sigismund II, dies
  • Jun 28 Abraham Ortelius, Flemish cartographer and dealer in maps, books, and antiquities (Theatrum orbis terrarum), dies at 71
  • Aug 4 William Cecil, 1st baron Burghley, English statesman, dies at 77
  • Sep 13 Philip II, King of Spain (1556-98), dies at 71
  • Sep 15 Hidejoshi, [Hijoshi], Japanese general strategist/kampaku, dies
  • Sep 18 Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japanese warlord (b. 1536)
  • Sep 29 Floris I van Pallandt, earl of Culemborg, dies at about 61
  • Oct 11 Joachim Camerarius, German botanist (horticulture catalog) and physician, dies at 63
  • Dec 6 Elbertus Leoninus, Dutch lawyer/politician, dies at about 78
  • Dec 15 Philip van Marnix, Flemish ruler of St Aldegonde/poet, dies at 58
  • Dec 16 Yi Sun-sin, Korean Naval Commander, shot at the naval Battle of Noryang at 53