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Centuries: 15th century - 16th century - 17th century
- 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