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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1579 AD

January

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

March 5: Betuwe joins Union of Utrecht
March 6: Veluwe joins Union of Utrecht
March 23: Friesland joins Union of Utrecht

April

April 11: Venlo joins Union of Utrecht

May

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

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

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

August 8: Cornerstone is laid for Tycho Brahe's Uraniborg observatory
August 17: Francois van Anjou visits English queen Elizabeth I

September

September 13: Breda forms Union of Utrecht
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