1566 in History

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Events in History

  • Jan 7 Antonio "Michele" Ghislieri is elected Pope Pius V
  • Mar 9 David Rizzio, the private secretary to Mary I of Scotland, is murdered in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Apr 5 200 Brussel nobles offer Margaretha of Parma a petition
  • Aug 10 Protestant Iconoclasm "Beeldenstorm" begins in European Low Countries
  • Aug 20 Iconoclasm reaches Antwerp, Belgium
  • Aug 23 Beeldenstorm reaches Amsterdam
  • Aug 23 Land guardian Margaretha van Parma grants Calvinists rights
  • Aug 25 Iconoclastic fury begins in Dutch province Utrecht

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Spanish king Philip II names Fernando Alvarez, duke of Alva

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II

Birthdays in History

  • May 26 Mehmed III, Ottoman Emperor (1595-1603)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 19 James Stuart, King James VI of Scotland (1567-1625) and James I of England and Ireland (1603-25), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1625)

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 20 Sigismund III Vasa, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1587-1632) and King of Sweden (1592-99), born in Gripsholm Castle, Sweden (d. 1632)

  • Aug 12 Isabella CE, infante of Spain/governess of the Netherlands
  • Oct 13 Richard Boyle, Irish politician, 1st Earl of Cork, born in Canterbury, Kent, England (d. 1643)
  • Dec 1 Philip, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, gov of Ft Gorinchem/Nijmegen
  • Dec 20 Edward Wightman, English Baptist preacher (d. 1612)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 7 Ludovicus Blosius, [Louis de Blois "Dacrianus"], wrtier, dies
  • Feb 3 George Cassander, Flemish theologian (b. 1513)
  • Mar 9 David Rizzio, Italian secretary of Mary Queen of Scots, murdered by Protestant nobles
  • Mar 28 Siegmund Freiherr von Herberstein, Austrian diplomat, dies at 79
  • Apr 25 Diane de Poitiers, mistress of French King Henry II, dies at 66
  • Apr 25 Louise LabĂ©, French poet
  • May 4 Luca Ghini, Italian physician and botanist (b. 1490)
  • May 10 Leonhard Fuchs, German botanist, dies at 65

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 2 Nostradamus, [Michel de Nostre-Dam], French astrologist, dies at 62

Astrologer/Prophet Nostradamus
Astrologer/Prophet
Nostradamus
  • Jul 30 Guillaume Rondelet, French Naturalist famous for his study of marine animals, dies at 58
  • Jul 31 Bartholome de Casas, Spanish historian/bishop of Chiapa, dies at 92
  • Aug 4 Girolamo della Robbia, Italian sculptor (Majolica relief), dies
  • Sep 2 Taddeo Zuccari, Italian painter, dies at 37

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 5 Suleiman the Magnificent, Ottoman Sultan and the longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1530-1566), dies at 71

Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
Ottoman Sultan
Suleiman the Magnificent
  • Sep 22 John Agricola, [Schneider], German theologist/prime minister, dies
  • Sep 27 Marcus A Vida, [Marcus Hieronymus], Italian humanist/poet/bishop, dies
  • Nov 21 Annibale Caro, Italian poet (b. 1507)