Timeline: 1571 to 1580

1571  Tatars sack and burn the outskirts of Moscow. The Russians drive them back.

1572  On August 24, St. Bartholmew's Day, about 3,000 Protestants in Paris are massacred. Across France within three days approximately 20,000 Huguenots are executed. Catholics across Europe rejoice and Protestants mourn and express anger.

1572  On July 9, nineteen Catholic priests are hanged in Gorcum, Holland.

1573  Porcelain is being produced in Tuscany, but it is inferior to Chinese porcelain.

1574  In England horses have been replacing oxen as draught animals. They are now 60 percent of the draught animals compared to 20 percent in 1068.

1575  Japan is in a period of battles with large armies. Oda Nobunaga is expanding his control of Japan and has won the Battle of Nagashino using 3,000 men with muskets. He has also been using long pikes and ironclad ships and has been building roads that facilitate trade and the movement of armies.

1575-76  It will be claimed that the Spanish explorer, Juan Ferdandez, sights but sails past Tahiti.

1577  A Hindu monk, Tulasidasa, has written Tamacharitamanasa, said to be the greatest of medieval Hindu literature. It increases Rama worship in northern India.

1577  The Jesuit missionary, Matteo Ricci, arrives at Macao.

1577  The first clock with a minute hand appears, developed by Jost Burgi, a Swiss clockmaker.

1579  The population of China reaches 60 million. (It will be 22 times that in 2005).

1580  King Philip II of Spain declares Prince William of Orange an outlaw.

1580  With the surrender of the last great Buddhist fortress-monastery, in Osaka, Oda Nobunga becomes the master of central Japan

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