What Happened In History Year 1556

Historical Events for the Year 1556

  • 16th January » Philip II of Spain known as Philip II becomes King of Spain.
  • 23rd January » The deadliest earthquake in history, the 1556 Shaanxi earthquake called Shaanxi earthquake, hits Shaanxi province, China. The death toll may have been as high as 830,000.
  • 14th February » Thomas Cranmer is declared a Christian heresy called heretic.
  • 21st March » In Oxford, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer is Execution by burning named burned at the stake.
  • 27th June » The thirteen Stratford Martyrs are burned at the stake near London for their Protestant beliefs.
  • 15th September » Departing from Vlissingen, ex-Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor called Charles V returns to Spain.

Famous Birthdays in 1556

  • 8th January » Uesugi Kagekatsu, Japanese daimyo (d. 1623)
  • 21st February » Sethus Calvisius, German astronomer, composer, and theorist (d. 1615)
  • 7th March » Guillaume du Vair, French lawyer and author (d. 1621)
  • 17th August » Alexander Briant, English martyr and saint (d. 1581)
  • 15th November » Jacques Davy Duperron, French cardinal (d. 1618)
  • 17th December » Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana, Indian poet (d. 1627)

Famous Deaths in History for 1556

  • 21st March » Thomas Cranmer, English archbishop (b. 1489)
  • 18th April » Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet and politician (b. 1495)
  • 28th May » Saitō Dōsan, Japanese samurai (b. 1494)
  • 10th June » Martin Agricola, German composer and theorist (b. 1486)
  • 31st July » Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish priest and theologian, founded the Society of Jesus (b. 1491)
  • 14th November » Giovanni della Casa, Italian poet and archbishop (b. 1504)
  • 23rd December » Nicholas Udall, English cleric, playwright, and educator (b. 1504)

Historical events for the year 1556 by month