1579 in History
January 6 Artois/Hainault/Dowaai sign pro-Spanish Union of Arras
January 7 England signs an offensive and defensive alliance with Netherland
January 23 Union of Utrecht signed, forming protestant Dutch Republic
January 25 Treaty of Utrecht signed, marks beginning of Dutch Republic
March 5 Betuwe joins Union of Utrecht
March 6 Veluwe joins Union of Utrecht
March 23 Friesland joins Union of Utrecht
April 11 Venlo joins Union of Utrecht
May 7 Congress of Cologne forms in Netherlands
May 17 Artois/Henegouwen/French-Flanders sign Treaty/Peace of Parma recognizing Spanish duke van Parma as land guardian
June 17 Anti-English uprising in Ireland
June 17 Francis Drake entered San Francisco Bay
June 17 Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California
July 21 Mechelen surrenders to duke of Parma
July 26 Francis Drake leaves San Francisco to cross Pacific Ocean
July 28 Cardinal Granvelle returns to Madrid
July 29 Antwerp request union with of Utrecht
July 29 King Philip II arrests plotters Antonio Perez and princess van Eboli
August 8 Cornerstone is laid for Tycho Brahe's Uraniborg observatory
August 17 Francois van Anjou visits English queen Elizabeth I
September 13 Breda forms Union of Utrecht