Historical Events in 1558

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  • Jan 7 Calais, last English possession in France, retaken by French
  • Jan 8 French troops under Duc de Guise occupy Calais
  • Jan 9 Geneva becomes independent from Berne canton, Switzerland
  • Jan 11 Westmunster Church in Middelburg destroyed by heavy storm
  • Mar 5 Smoking tobacco introduced into Europe by Spaniard Francisco Fernandes
  • Apr 4 Tsar Ivan IV gives parts of North-Russia to fur traders
  • May 3 Ferdinand I officially appointed Holy Roman Emperor after his brother Charles abdicated in 1556
  • Jul 13 Battle of Gravelines: In France, Spanish forces led by Count Lamoral of Egmont defeat the French forces of Marshal Paul des Thermes at Gravelines.
  • Jul 23 Battle of Grevelingen: Lamoraal, Count of Egmont beat France
  • Aug 4 1st printing of Zohar (Jewish Kabbalah)
  • Aug 24 Battle of Gravelines: English fleet beats Spanish
  • Oct 9 Mérida is founded in Venezuela
  • Nov 7 French King Henri II occupies Calais

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Nov 17 Elizabeth I aged 25 ascends English throne upon death of her half sister Queen "Bloody" Mary

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • Nov 17 The Church of England is re-established

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Dec 29 Charles V, King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, buried in El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V