August 7 – The English and Spanish fleets again engage off the coast of Flanders. The English again are more successful.
August 8 – August 9 – The Spanish are unable to reach the coast of Flanders to meet up with the army of the
Duke of Parma. Medina Sidonia decides to return to Spain.
August 12 – The Spanish fleet sails past the Firth of Forth, and the English cease their pursuit. Much of the Spanish fleet is destroyed as it sails around Scotland and Ireland.
December 23 – Henry III of France strikes his ultra-Catholic enemies, having the Duke of Guise and his brother,
Cardinal Louis of Guise, killed, and holding the
Cardinal de Bourbon a prisoner.
Ahmad al-Mansur, sultan of Morocco, demands that the king of
Songhay give a heavy tribute in exchange of a Saharan salt, probably in an intentional provocation. When Songhay's answer is defiant, he declares war and marches his army through Sahara to Songhay