A Russian force invades Livonia (a historic region along the
eastern coast of the Baltic, in present-day Latvia and Estonia).
This opens a war of succession to the Baltic lands of the German
knights which rages until 1571, and draws in conflicting claims to
the territories from Poland, Russia, Sweden and Denmark.
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Editors. "Russians invade Livonia in a war of succession". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=14951, accessed 22 October 2016.]