Centuries: 15th century - 16th century - 17th century
Decades: 1520s 1530s 1540s 1550s 1560s - 1570s - 1580s 1590s 1600s 1610s 1620s
Years: 1569 1570 1571 1572 1573 - 1574 - 1575 1576 1577 1578 1579
- 1574 in art
- 1574 in literature
- 1574 in music
- 1574 in politics
- 1574 in science
- 1574 in sports
- April 14 - Battle of Mookerheyde. Spanish forces under Sancho de Avila defeat the rebel forces of Louis of Nassau. Louis is killed.
- May 30 - On the death of King Charles IX of France, he is succeeded by his brother King Henry of Poland, who becomes King Henry III. His mother, Catherine de Medici, acts as Regent until Henry arrives from Poland.
- October 3 - The city of Leyden, besieged by the Spanish, is relieved by a Sea Beggar fleet under Louis Boisot.
- Murad III succeeds Selim II as Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
- October 14 - Princess Anne of Denmark, later wife of King James VI of Scotland and Queen of Scotland and England
- April 14 - Louis of Nassau, younger brother of William the Silent.
- May 30 - King Charles IX of France\n