World’s First National State Lottery
Jan 11 First recorded lottery in England is drawn in St Paul's Cathedral in London. First prize was £5,000, other prizes included silver plate, tapestries and high quality linen cloth.
Event of Interest
Oct 1 Duke of Norfolk arrested by Queen Elizabeth I for conspiring to marry Mary Queen of Scots
- Oct 3 Battle of Montcontour: Duke of Anjou beats Huguenots
- Nov 9 Catholic uprising under the Dukes of Northumberland & Westmoreland
- Nov 28 Duke of Alva forces bishop Nicolaas van Nieuwland of Haarlem to resign
- Dec 15 Hunted by Queen Elizabeth I for treason in "The Rising of the North", Charles Neville, Earl of Westmorland, escapes to Scotland.