579Centuries: 5th century - 6th century - 7th century
- End of the Northern Qi Dyansty in China.
- Pope Benedict I (575-579) succeeded by Pope Pelagius II (579-590)
- Northern Zhou Wu Di succeeded by Northern Zhou Xuan Di, then Northern Zhou Jing Di
- Hormizd IV succeeds Khosrau I as king of Persia.