Decades: 1530s 1540s 1550s 1560s 1570s - 1580s - 1590s 1600s 1610s 1620s 1630s
Years: 1580 1581 1582 1583 1584 - 1585 - 1586 1587 1588 1589 1590
January 12 - The Netherlands adopts the Gregorian calendar
Beginning of the Eighth War of Religion in France (also known as the War of the Three Henrys)
August 8 - John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in quest for the North West Passage.
August 17 - Capture of Antwerp by Spanish forces under the Prince of Parma.
Chocolate introduced to Europe commercially
England enters the Eighty Years' War
January 27 - Hendrick Avercamp - Dutch painter of winter scenes
October 9 - Heinrich Schütz, composer
Uriel Acosta, portuguese jewish philosopher
April 10 - Pope Gregory XIII\n