1554 in History

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Events in History

  • Jan 5 Great fire in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Jan 12 Bayinnaung is crowned King of Burma. He would go on to assemble the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia
  • Jan 25 Sir Thomas Wyatt gathers an army in Kent, rebels against Queen Mary
  • Jan 25 Founding of São Paulo city, Brazil.
  • Feb 9 Battle at London: Sir Thomas Wyatt defeated and his rebellion against Queen Mary crushed
  • Feb 12 Queen of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey is executed for treason.
  • Nov 30 England reconciles with Pope Julius III

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 9 Gregory XV, [Alessandro Ludovisi], pope (1621-23)
  • Jan 20 King Sebastian of Portugal (d. 1578)
  • Mar 26 Charles of Lorraine, Duke of Mayenne, French military leader (d. 1611)
  • Mar 27 Everhardus van Bronchorst, Dutch lawyer
  • Jun 5 Elisabeth of Austria, queen consort of France (d. 1592)
  • Nov 30 Philip Sidney, England, poet/statesman/soldier (Arcadia)
  • Dec 17 Ernst of Bayern, prince/bishop of Liege/archbishop of Cologne
  • Dec 19 Philip William, Prince of Orange (d. 1618)

Weddings in History

  • Jul 24 Queen Maria of England marries Philip, king of Naples/Jerusalem

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Pedro de Valdivia, Spanish conquistador (b. 1500)
  • Jan 16 Christiern Pedersen, Danish humanist (b. 1480)
  • Feb 12 Jane Grey, queen of England for 9 days, beheaded at 17
  • Feb 12 Lord Guildford Dudley, Jane Grey's husband, beheaded
  • Feb 21 Hieronymus Bock, German doctor (founder of modern botany), dies
  • Feb 23 Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, Lady Jane Grey's father, executed
  • Mar 3 Johann Friedrich, the Generous, Elector of Saxony (1532-47) and Head of the Protestant Confederation of Germany (the Schmalkaldic League), dies at 50
  • Apr 11 Thomas Wyatt the younger, English rebel (b. 1521)
  • Jun 19 Sixt[us] Birck [Xystus Betulius], German writer (Judith), dies at 53
  • Aug 25 Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, English great admiral, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 22 Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, Spanish explorer/conquistador, led expedition of 1st Europeans to discover Grand Canyon

Explorer and Conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado
Explorer and Conquistador
Francisco Vázquez de Coronado