- Feb 6 King Henri de Bourbon of Navarra becomes leader of the Huguenots
- Feb 12 Spanish land guardian Don Juan of Habsburg signs "Eternal Edict"
Francis Drake's Circumnavigation
Dec 13 Francis Drake sets sail from England on an epic three year circumnavigation of the world aboard the 'Pelican' (later renamed the 'Golden Hind')
- Dec 16 Danzig surrenders to troops of Polish king Istvan Bathory