Events in year of 1579

  • 01-06Artois / Hainault / Dowaai sign pro-Spanish Union of Arras
  • 01-07England signs an offensive and defensive alliance with Netherland
  • 01-23Union of Utrecht signed, forming protestant Dutch Republic
  • 01-25Treaty of Utrecht signed, marks beginning of Dutch Republic
  • 03-05Betuwe joins Union of Utrecht
  • 03-06Veluwe joins Union of Utrecht
  • 03-23Friesland joins Union of Utrecht
  • 04-11Venlo joins Union of Utrecht
  • 05-07Congress of Cologne forms in the Netherlands
  • 05-17Artois / Henegouwen / French-Flanders sign Treaty / Peace of Parma recognizing Spanish Duke van Parma as land guardian
  • 06-17Anti-English uprising in Ireland
  • 06-17Francis Drake entered SF Bay
  • 06-17Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California
  • 07-21Mechelen surrenders to Duke of Parma
  • 07-26Francis Drake leaves SF to cross Pacific Ocean
  • 07-28Cardinal Granvelle returns to Madrid
  • 07-29Antwerp request union with of Utrecht
  • 07-29King Philip II arrests plotters Antonio Perez and Princess van Eboli
  • 08-17Francois van Anjou visits English Queen Elizabeth I
  • 09-13Breda forms Union of Utrecht
  • 10-07English royal marriage of Queen Elizabeth I to Duke of Anjou

People born in year of 1579

  • 01-04Willem Teellinck: Dutch theologist / vicar
  • 02-09John Meursius [van Meurs]: Dutch historian
  • 04-12Francois de Bassompierre: Marshal of France
  • 07-25Valerius Otto: Composer
  • 08-18Charlotte Flandrina van Nassau: Daughter of Willem I of Orange
  • 08-24John Amner: Composer
  • 11-11Frans Snyders: Flemish animal painter
  • 11-22Jan Baptist Stalpart van der Wiele: Dutch lawyer / pastor / lyricist
  • 12-12Heinrich Steuccius: Composer
  • 12-20John Fletcher: Elizabethan dramatist (Phylaster)

People died in year of 1579

  • 10-24Albrecht V von Wittelsbach: Duke of Bavaria, dies at 51

Events in year of 1580

  • 03-15Spanish King Philip II puts 25,000 gold coins on head of Prince Willem of Orange
  • 03-17Prince Willem of Orange welcomed in Amsterdam
  • 04-11Drenthe joins Union of Utrecht
  • 06-17Battle at Hardenberg: Spanish troops beat rebels
  • 06-18States of Utrecht forbid Catholic worship
  • 06-25Book of Concord, standards of Lutheran Church, 1st published
  • 08-25Battle of Alcantara, Spain defeats Portugal
  • 09-19Treaty of Plessis-lez-Tours (Anjou / Dutch States-General)
  • 09-26Francis Drake with Spanish treasure returns to England
  • 11-09Spanish troops lands in Ireland
  • 11-26French Huguenots and Roman Catholics sign peace treaty

People born in year of 1580

  • 01-12Jean Baptiste van Helmont: Belgian chemist (found boiling pt temp)
  • 04-18Thomas Middleton: English playwright (Game of Chess)
  • 07-06Johann Stobaeus: Composer
  • 09-17Charlotte Brabantia: Countess of Nassau / Daughter of Willem of Orange

People died in year of 1580

  • 01-18Antonio Scandello: Italian Composer (Passion of John), dies at 63
  • 01-31Hendrik: Portuguese Cardinal / epilepticus / regent (1578-80)
  • 02-15Cunerus Petri: Dutch Theologist / Bishop of Leeuwarden
  • 03-03Jacob Hillebrand: Dutch Mayor of Groningen
  • 05-27Jonker Barthold Entens van Mentheda until Middelstum
  • 06-15Nicolaas van Nieuwland: Corrupt 1st Bishop of Haarlem, dies at 70
  • 06-18Juliana van Stolberg: Engraver of Nassau
  • 07-25Baltazar Alvarez: Spanish Jesuit / writer, dies at 47
  • 08-19Andrea Palladio: Architect / writer (Il Redentore, Venice), dies at 71
  • 08-25Frederick Schenk van Toutenburg: Last Archbishop of Utrecht
  • 08-30Emanuel Philibert: Duke of Savoy / Governor of the Netherlands
  • 10-27John Bonga: Beggar
  • 11-09Gaspar Schetz: South Netherlands, minster of chief treasurer, dies at 67
  • 11-21Willem Van Hoorn: Baron of Heze, Governor of Brussels, executed
  • 12-01Edmund Campion: English Jesuit, hanged at 42
  • 12-01Giovanni Morone: Italian Theologian / diplomat / cardinal, dies at 71