Events in History in 1569

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.

Spanish Inquisition

Feb 7 King Philip II forms Inquisition in South America

  • Mar 13 Battle of Jarnac, Count of Anjou defeats Huguenots
  • Mar 20 Duke of Alva leads "tenth penning" in Les Ponts de Cé
  • Jul 1 Latvian Parliament accepts Union of Lublin, incorporating it into Poland
  • Jul 10 Coronation of John III, King of Sweden

Event of Interest

Jul 19 Albert Frederick becomes Duke of Prussia

  • Aug 27 Pope Pius names Cosimo I de Medici as grand duke of Tuscany
  • Sep 28 Istanbul experiences its greatest fire of the century after a blaze that starts in a Jewish bakery goes on to destroy 36,000 buildings over eight days

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.