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Date Event
Jan 1
1st day of the Gregorian calendar in Holland & Flanders 
Jan 12
Holland begins use of Gregorian calendar (yesterday was 1/1/1583) 
Feb 21
Groningen, Netherlands, begins using Gregorian calendar 
Mar 18
Dutch States General & Anjou sign treaty 
Jun 17
Brabant: Duke of Parma beats French mercenaries 
Jun 18
Richard Martin of London takes out first life insurance policy, on William Gibbons; premium was £383 
Jun 28
Duke Frans de Valois returns to France 
Jul 17
Spanish & Walloon troops conquer Dunkerk 
Aug 5
Humphrey Gilbert claims Newfoundland for the British crown - first English colony in North America and the beginning of the British Empire 
Nov 15
Gelders Earl Willem of the Bergh flees 
Nov 20
Duke of Parma conquerors Aalst 
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