1596 in History
January 31 Catholic League disjoins
April 17 Arch duke Albrecht of Austria occupies Calais
May 18 Willem Barents leaves Amsterdam for Novaya Zemlya
May 26 England, France and Netherlands signs Drievoudig Covenant against Spain
June 22 Cornelis de Houtmans fleet reaches Banten Java
June 30 English/Dutch fleet reach Cadiz
July 5 English fleet under the earl of Essex plunder Cadiz
July 17 At 10:30AM Dutch explorer Willem Barents arrives at Novaya Zemlya
August 3 David Fabricius discovers light variation of Mira (1st variable star)
August 9 Henry van Cuyk becomes bishop of Roermond
September 5 Dutch fleet commander Cornelis de Houtman taken hostage in Java
September 7 Dutch fleet bombs Banten Java
October 24 Battle at Kerestes: Ottoman beat Austria-Hungary and Germany
October 25 Spanish fleet sails from Lisbon to Ireland
October 31 English/French/Dutch delegates sign anti-Spanish "Drievoudig Covenant"
November 29 King Philip II devalues Spanish currency
December 22 Ferryboat Meuniers crashes in Paris, 150 die