What Happened in January 1556

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Historical Events


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Jan 16 Emperor Karel appoints his son Philip II, king of Spain

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • Jan 23 Shaanxi Earthquake - deadliest ever recorded kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China
  • Jan 27 Willem of Orange becomes a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 8 Uesugi Kagekatsu, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1623)
  • Jan 27 Abbas I, "the Great," shah of Persia (1587-1629)