Events in History in 1596

  • Jan 31 Catholic League disbanded
  • Apr 17 Archduke Albrecht of Austria occupies Calais
  • Apr 24 Pacificatie of Ireland drawn
  • May 18 Willem Barents leaves Amsterdam for Novaya Zemlya
  • May 26 England, France & Netherlands sign Drievoudig Covenant against Spain

Historic Event

Jun 22 Cornelis de Houtman's Dutch fleet reaches Bantam (Banten), Java

  • Jun 30 English and Dutch fleet begin attack of the Spain fleet moored at Cádiz during the Anglo-Spanish war. Leads also to the looting and burning of the city of Cádiz.
  • Jul 5 English fleet under Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, captures Cadiz
  • Jul 17 At 10:30AM Dutch explorer Willem Barents arrives at Novaya Zemlya
  • Aug 3 David Fabricius discovers light variation of Mira (1st variable star)
  • Aug 9 Henry van Cuyk becomes bishop of Roermond
  • Sep 5 Dutch fleet commander Cornelis de Houtman taken hostage in Java, is later ransomed
  • Sep 7 Dutch fleet bombards Banten, Java
  • Sep 20 Diego de Montemayor founded the city of Monterrey in New Spain.

26 Martyrs of Japan Executed

Oct 19 Spanish galleon San Felipe is shipwrecked in Urado on the Japanese island of Shikoku en route from Manila to Acapulco. Incident leads to the crucifixion of 26 Christians who become known as the Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan.

  • Oct 24 -26] Battle at Kerestes: Ottoman beat Austria-Hungary & Germany
  • Oct 25 Spanish fleet sails from Lisbon to Ireland
  • Oct 31 English, French & Dutch delegates sign anti-Spanish "Triple Covenant"

Historic Event

Nov 29 King Philip II devalues Spanish currency

  • Dec 22 Ferryboat Meuniers crashes in Paris, 150 die