Events in History in 1579

  • Jan 6 Artois, Hainault and Dowaai sign pro-Spanish Union of Arras
  • Jan 6 The Union of Atrecht is signed
  • Jan 7 England signs an offensive & defensive alliance with Netherland
  • Jan 23 Union of Utrecht signed, forming protestant Dutch Republic
  • Jan 25 Treaty of Utrecht signed, marks beginning of Dutch Republic
  • Mar 5 Betuwe joins Union of Utrecht
  • Mar 6 Veluwe joins Union of Utrecht
  • Mar 23 Friesland joins Union of Utrecht
  • Apr 11 Venlo joins Union of Utrecht
  • May 7 Congress of Cologne forms in Netherlands
  • May 17 Artois, Henegouwen and French-Flanders sign Treaty, the Peace of Parma recognizing Spanish Duke van Parma as land guardian
  • Jun 17 Anti-English uprising in Ireland

Historic ExpeditionFrancis Drake Lands in California

Jun 17 Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California at Drakes Bay, names it "New Albion"
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1590 depiction of Francis Drake's landing in what he called New Albion, now northern California
1590 depiction of Francis Drake's landing in what he called New Albion, now northern California
  • Jul 8 Our Lady of Kazan, a holy icon of the Russian Orthodox Church, was discovered underground in the city of Kazan, Tatarstan
  • Jul 21 Mechelen surrenders to Duke of Parma

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Jul 26 Francis Drake leaves San Francisco to cross Pacific Ocean

Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
  • Jul 28 Cardinal Granvelle returns to Madrid
  • Jul 29 Antwerp request union with Utrecht
  • Jul 29 Spanish King Philip II arrests plotters Antonio Perez and Princess van Eboli

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Aug 17 Francois of Anjou visits English Queen Elizabeth I

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • Sep 13 Breda forms Union of Utrecht