What Happened In Europe During 1596?

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Undated events:
* Black Death in some areas.
* King Sigismund III Vasa moved the capital of Poland from Kraków to Warsaw.
* Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge founded.

* February 14 - Archbishop John Whitgift starts building a hospital at Croydon (England).
* April 9 - Spanish troops capture Calais (France)
* May 18 - Willem Barents departs Vlie (Holland) on third (final) Arctic voyage.
* June - Sir John Norreys and Sir Geoffrey Fenton travel to Connaught (Ireland) to bargain with local lords.
* July 5 - An English fleet sacks Cádiz (Spain).
* September 17 - Spanish capture Amiens (France)
* October 24/26 - Battle of Keresztes (Ottomans vs. Hungarians, northern Hungary)

Births of famous people:
March 31 - René Descartes, French philosopher (died 1650)
July 12 - Michael I of Russia (died 1645)
Others:
Niccolo Amati, Italian violin maker (died 1684)
Edward Winslow, American Pilgrim leader (died 1655)

Deaths of the famous:
January 28 - Sir Francis Drake, English explorer and soldier (born 1540)
November 10 - Peter Wentworth, English Puritan politician (b. 1530)

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