English History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 1,330

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1535-01-15 Henry VIII declares himself head of the Church in England

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1535-06-17 English Catholic Cardinal John Fischer state rights

ExecutionExecution of Anne Boleyn

1536-05-19 Anne Boleyn, second wife of English King Henry VIII, is beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason

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Anne Boleyn is beheaded after a four day show trial
Anne Boleyn is beheaded after a four day show trial
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  • 1536-07-18 Pope's authority declared void in England
  • 1536-12-22 English scholar Reginald Pole appointed cardinal
  • 1537-02-09 Pope Paul III routes Cardinal Pole to England
  • 1537-10-04 The 1st complete English-language Bible, the "Matthew Bible" is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale
  • 1538-12-17 Pope Paul II excommunicates King Henry VIII of England
  • 1539-02-01 Emperor Karel & King Francois I sign anti-English treaty
  • 1540-02-09 The first recorded race meet in England (Roodee Fields, Chester)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1540-06-24 English King Henry VIII commands his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves, to leave the court

Queen of England Anne of Cleves
Queen of England
Anne of Cleves
King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1540-06-29 Former Lord Privy Seal and Chancellor of the Exchequer of England Thomas Cromwell indicted as a heretic

Lawyer and Statesman Thomas Cromwell
Lawyer and Statesman
Thomas Cromwell
  • 1541-05-06 King Henry VIII orders a bible in English be placed in every church in England
  • 1541-06-18 Irish parliament selects Henry VIII of England as King of Ireland

  • 1542-01-21 English Parliament passes bill of attainder against Queen Katherine Howard
  • 1542-11-24 Battle of Solway Moss: English beat Scottish King James V
  • 1543-02-11 Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and English King Henry VIII sign anti-French covenant
  • 1543-07-01 England & Scotland sign peace treaty of Greenwich
  • 1544-08-17 Imperial/English armies occupy Saint-Dizier France
  • 1544-09-18 English King Henry VIII's troops occupy Boulogne
  • 1545-09-08 English Earl of Hertford leads retaliatory mission against Scotland
  • 1546-06-07 Peace of Andres Treaty ends the stalemated Italian War of 1542–1546 of France and the Ottoman Empire against the Holy Roman Empire and England, as well as England's dispute with Scotland and Ireland
  • 1547-01-28 9-year-old Edward VI succeeds Henry VIII as King of England
  • 1547-02-20 King Edward VI of England crowned following the death of his father Henry VIII
  • 1547-09-10 Battle of Pinkie, Midlothian: English beat the Scots

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1547-09-10 English demand Edward VI (10) wed Mary Queen of Scots (5)

Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots

Historic PublicationBook of Common Prayer

1549-06-09 Book of Common Prayer is adopted by the Church of England

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The First Book of Common Prayer
The First Book of Common Prayer
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  • 1549-07-12 Kett's uprising occupies Norwich, England
  • 1549-08-08 Henry II of France declares war on England and orders the siege of Boulogne
  • 1549-08-12 French troops conquer Ambleteuse, in the Pas-de-Calais, and kill all the English prisoners.
  • 1550-03-24 France & England sign Peace of Boulogne
  • 1550-09-05 William Cecil appoints himself English minister of foreign affairs
  • 1551-04-11 English premier John Dudley appointed Duke of Northumberland
  • 1551-04-20 John Dudley becomes Earl Marshal of England

  • 1551-10-16 English Edward Seymour Duke of Somerset re-arrested
  • 1552-01-23 2nd version of Book of Common Prayer becomes mandatory in England
  • 1552-02-24 Privileges of Hanseatic League in England are abrogated
  • 1553-04-29 Flemish woman introduces practice of starching linen into England
  • 1553-06-26 Christ's Hospital in England granted a charter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1553-07-10 Lady Jane Grey, daughter of the Duke of Suffolk, proclaimed Queen of England, succeeds Edward VI, who proclaimed his half-sisters illegitimate. Reigns for nine days.

Queen of England Jane Grey
Queen of England
Jane Grey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1558-11-17 Elizabeth I aged 25, ascends the 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
  • 1558-11-17 The Church of England is re-established

  • 1559-01-15 Elizabeth I crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey
  • 1559-04-02 England & France sign 1st Treaty of Le Cateau-Cambrésis
  • 1560-07-06 England and Scotland sign Treaty of Edinburgh
  • 1564-04-11 England & France sign Peace of Troyes
  • 1568-05-16 Mary Queen of Scots flees to England
  • 1568-05-19 English Queen Elizabeth I arrests Mary, Queen of Scots

World’s First National State LotteryWorld’s First National State Lottery

1569-01-11 1st recorded lottery in England is drawn in St Paul's Cathedral

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The world-famous Sydney Opera House cost $102 million to build, largely paid for by a state lottery
The world-famous Sydney Opera House cost $102 million to build, largely paid for by a state lottery
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  • 1570-02-25 Pius V excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I of England for heresy and persecution of English Catholics during her reign. Also absolves her subjects from allegiance to the crown.
  • 1571-01-23 Queen Elizabeth I of England opens Royal Exchange in London
  • 1571-03-25 Catholic Italian businessman Roberto Ridolfi leaves England
  • 1572-01-16 Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk is tried for treason for his part in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England
  • 1572-04-21 France & England sign anti-Spanish military covenant
  • 1575-01-22 English Queen Elizabeth I grants Thomas Tallis & William Byrd music press monopoly

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1577-12-13 Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England on a circumnavigation of the world

Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
  • 1578-01-31 Battle of Gembloux (Gembloers); Spanish forces win decisive victor over coalition rebel forces
  • 1578-03-10 Queen Elizabeth I of England gives Johan Casimir £20,000 to aid Dutch rebellion
  • 1578-05-31 Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England, to Frobisher Bay, Canada. Eventually mines fools gold, famously used to pave the streets of London.
  • 1578-06-11 England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore and colonize North America
  • 1579-06-17 Anti-English uprising in Ireland
  • 1579-08-17 Francois of Anjou visits English Queen Elizabeth I

  • 1581-01-16 English parliament passes laws against Catholicism
  • 1581-07-14 English jesuit Edmund Campion arrested
  • 1583-08-05 Humphrey Gilbert claims Newfoundland for the British crown - first English colony in North America and the beginning of the British Empire
  • 1584-11-23 English parliament expels Jesuits
  • 1585-05-19 Spain confiscates English ships
  • 1585-07-17 English secret service discovers Anthony Babington's murder plot against Queen Elizabeth I
  • 1585-08-10 English Queen Elizabeth I signs Treaty of Nonsuch: Aid for Netherlands
  • 1585-08-14 Queen Elizabeth I of England refuses sovereignty of Netherlands
  • 1585-12-20 English fleet & Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, reach Vlissingen
  • 1586-06-19 English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, North Carolina

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1586-07-27 Walter Raleigh brings the 1st tobacco to England from Virginia

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Walter Raleigh
  • 1586-07-28 Sir Thomas Harriot introduces potatoes to Europe on return to England
  • 1586-09-22 Battle at Zutphen: Dutch army, assisted by the English, against the Spanish
  • 1586-12-03 Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Colombia
  • 1587-02-01 Queen Elizabeth I of England signs death warrant for her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots
  • 1587-03-01 Puritan English parliamentary leader Sir Peter Wentworth confined in London Tower
  • 1587-07-22 2nd English colony forms on Roanoke Island off North Carolina
  • 1588-05-28 Spanish Armada under the Duke of Medina-Sidonia departs Lisbon to invade England
  • 1588-07-21 First engagement between the English fleet and the Spanish Armada off the Eddystone Rocks
  • 1588-07-26 English Admiral John Hawkins knighted for his actions against the Armada
  • 1588-07-29 The Battle of Gravelines - Spanish Armada damaged and scattered by the English fleet
  • 1588-07-29 Duke Farneses troops ready for invasion of England
  • 1588-08-12 Commander of the English fleet Lord Howard of Effingham calls off chase of the Spanish Armada off coast of Scotland
  • 1590-03-06 Dutch and English army led by Maurice of Nassau captures heavily protected city of Breda using a small assault force hidden in a peat barge

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 4,660

  • 1602-04-30 William Lilly, English astrologer, born in Diseworth, Leicestershire, England (d. 1681)
  • 1602-10-12 William Chillingworth, English religious leader, born in Oxford, England (d. 1644)
  • 1602-12-18 Simonds d'Ewes, English antiquarian and politician (d. 1650)
  • 1603-01-27 Harbottle Grimston, English politician (d. 1685)
  • 1603-04-03 William Smith, British composer, born in Durham (d. 1645)
  • 1603-07-11 Kenelm Digby, English philosopher and diplomat, born in Gayhurst, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1665)

Person of interestRoger Williams

1603-12-21 Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist, born in London, England (d. 1684)

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • 1604-09-13 William Brereton, 1st Baronet, English soldier and politician, born in Brereton Hall, Cheshire, England (d. 1661)
  • 1604-11-15 Davis Mell, English composer, born in Wilton (d. 1662)
  • 1605-08-18 Henry Hammond, English churchman, born in Chertsey, Surrey, England (d. 1660)
  • 1605-09-12 William Dugdale, English antiquarian and Garter King of Arms (1677-86), born in Shustoke, Warwickshire, England (d. 1686)
  • 1605-10-19 Thomas Browne, English philosopher and writer (Garden of Cyrus), born in London (d. 1682)
  • 1606-03-03 Edmund Waller, England, poet (Penshust)
  • 1607-11-26 John Harvard, English clergyman and benefactor of Harvard College, born in Southwark, Surrey, England (d. 1638)
  • 1608-06-19 Thomas Fuller, British scholar, preacher and historian (History of the Worthies of Britain), born in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire (d. 1661)
  • 1608-07-14 George Goring, Lord Goring, English royalist soldier (d. 1657)
  • 1608-12-06 George Monck, English general, born in Great Potheridge, England (d. 1670)

Person of interestJohn Milton

1608-12-09 John Milton, English poet and puritan (Paradise Lost), born in London, England (d. 1674)

  • 1609-02-10 John Suckling, English Cavalier poet/dramatist/courtier
  • 1609-02-18 Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, English PM (1660-67), born in Dinton, England (d. 1674)
  • 1609-08-06 Richard Bennett, English Colonial Governor of Virginia, born in Wiveliscombe, Somerset (d. 1675)
  • 1609-10-26 William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1675)
  • 1609-11-16 Henrietta Maria, French-born daughter of Henry IV of France and Queen Consort of England (d. 1669)
  • 1609-11-26 Henry Dunster, American clergyman and first President of Harvard College, born in Bolholt, Bury, Lancashire (d. 1659)
  • 1609-12-24 Philip Warwick, English writer and politician, born in Westminster, United Kingdom (d. 1683)
  • 1610-03-01 John Pell, English mathematician (d. 1685)
  • 1610-03-04 William Dobson, English portraitist and painter (d. 1646)
  • 1610-10-19 James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, English statesman and soldier (d. 1688)
  • 1611-01-07 James Harrington, England, political author (Commonwealth of Oceans)
  • 1611-11-03 Henry Ireton, English general and parliament leader (Marston Moor), born in Attenborough, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1651)
  • 1612-01-17 Thomas Fairfax, Lord Fairfax, English Parliamentary general
  • 1612-02-07 Thomas Killigrew, English humorist/playwright/leader (King's Men)
  • 1612-02-08 Samuel Butler, England, poet/satirist (Hudibras) (baptized)
  • 1612-02-22 George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, English statesman (d. 1677)
  • 1612-02-28 John Pearson, English theologian (d. 1686)
  • 1613-06-16 John Cleveland, English poet (d. 1658)
  • 1614-01-01 John Wilkins, English Bishop of Chester (d. 1672)
  • 1614-07-10 Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey, English royalist statesman, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1686)
  • 1615-01-14 John Biddle, English nontrinitarian and Unitarian minister, born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1662)
  • 1615-11-12 Richard Baxter, English clergyman (d. 1691)

Person of interestJohn Wallis

1616-12-03 John Wallis, English mathematician and cryptographer who introduced ∞ as a symbol for infinity, born in Ashford, England (d. 1703)

Mathematician and Cryptographer John Wallis
Mathematician and Cryptographer
John Wallis
  • 1617-05-23 Elias Ashmole, English antiquarian and collector (Ashmolean Museum), born in Litchfield (d. 1692)
  • 1619-09-17 John Lambert, English general-major and parliamentary leader, born in Kirkby Malham, England (d. 1684)
  • 1619-12-17 Prince Rupert of the Rhine, German soldier, Commander in the English Civil War and first Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company, born in Prague (d. 1682)
  • 1620-10-31 John Evelyn, English writer and diarist (Life of Mrs Godolphin), born in Wotten, England (d. 1706)
  • 1621-01-27 Thomas Willis, English physician (d. 1675)
  • 1621-03-31 Andrew Marvell, English poet (To His Coy Mistress), born in Winestead, England (d. 1678)
  • 1621-04-23 William Penn, English admiral and politician, father of the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, born in St. Thomas Parish, Bristol (d. 1670)
  • 1621-12-23 Edmund Berry Godfrey, English magistrate (d. 1678)
  • 1621-12-23 Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham, Lord Chancellor of England (d. 1682)
  • 1622-04-17 Henry Vaughan, English poet (Silex Scintillans), born in Newton St. Bridget, Brecknockshire, Wales (d. 1695)
  • 1623-05-26 William Petty, English political economist and statistician (Treatise of Taxes and Contributions), born in Romsey, England (d. 1687)
  • 1623-05-30 John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, English politician (d. 1686)
  • 1624-08-05 William Tucker, 1st child of African descent to be born in English colony in America, born in Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1624-09-10 Thomas Sydenham, English physician and author of "Observationes Medicae", born in Wynford Eagle, Dorset (d. 1689)
  • 1625-07-27 Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich, English soldier, admiral and patron to Samuel Pepys, born in Barnwell (d. 1672)
  • 1626-03-12 John Aubrey, English antiquary and writer (d. 1697)
  • 1626-10-04 Richard Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland (1658-59), born in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1712)
  • 1627-01-28 Alfonso Marsh, English composer and lutenist, baptized in London (d. 1681)
  • 1627-03-27 Stephen Fox, English politician, born in Farley, Wiltshire (d. 1716)
  • 1627-08-26 Thomas Bullis, English composer (baptized) (d. 1708)
  • 1627-11-29 John Ray, English naturalist (d. 1705)
  • 1628-01-30 George Villiers, 2nd duke of Buckingham, English statesman and poet, born in London (d. 1687)
  • 1628-08-29 John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath, English royalist statesman (d. 1701)

Person of interestJohn Bunyan

1628-11-28 John Bunyan, English minister and author (The Pilgrim's Progress), born in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England (d. 1688)

Author John Bunyan
John Bunyan
  • 1629-09-21 Philip Howard, English Roman Catholic cardinal, born in London (d. 1694)
  • 1629-11-01 St. Oliver Plunkett, Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and last Catholic martyr to die in England, born in Loughcrew, County Meath, Ireland (d. 1681)
  • 1630-04-28 Charles Cotton, English poet and writer, born in Alstonefield, Staffordshire, England (d. 1687)

Person of interestCharles II

1630-05-29 Charles II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1660-85), born in St James's Palace, London (d. 1685)

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1630-08-01 Thomas Clifford, English statesman (1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh), born in Ugbrooke, Devon, England (d. 1673)
  • 1631-08-19 John Dryden, English poet (1st Poet Laureate 1668-1700), born in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire (d. 1700) [OS=Aug 9]
  • 1631-11-04 Mary, 1st British Princess Royal and the Princess of Orange, born in St James's Palace, London (d. 1660)
  • 1631-12-14 Anne Conway, English philosopher, born in London (d. 1679)
  • 1632-02-20 Thomas Osborne, Duke of Leeds, English PM (1690-94)/founder (Tories)

Person of interestJohn Locke

1632-08-29 John Locke, English empiricist philosopher; influential Enlightenment thinker and "Father of Liberalism" (Two Treatises of Government), born in Wrington, England (d. 1704)

Philosopher John Locke
John Locke

Person of interestChristopher Wren

1632-10-20 Christopher Wren, English astronomer and architect (St. Paul's Cathedral), born in East Knoyle, Wiltshire (d. 1723)

Architect Christopher Wren
Christopher Wren
  • 1632-12-17 Anthony Wood, English antiquarian, born in Oxford, England (d. 1695)
  • 1633-01-31 Nathaniel Crew, English bishop (Durham)

Person of interestSamuel Pepys

1633-02-23 Samuel Pepys, English navy administrator and Member of Parliament famous for his Diary of the English Restoration period, born in London (d. 1703)

Diarist Samuel Pepys
Samuel Pepys
  • 1633-10-14 James II of England and James VII of Scotland [Stuart], King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1685-88), born in St. James's Palace, London (d. 1701)

Person of interestRobert Hooke

1635-07-18 Robert Hooke, English scientist (Micrographia), born in Isle of Wight, England (d. 1703)

Scientist Robert Hooke
Robert Hooke
  • 1635-08-11 Thomas Betterton, British actor and dramatist (Coriolanus), born in London, England (d. 1710)
  • 1635-11-22 Francis Willughby, English ornithologist and ichthyologist, born in Middleton Hall, Warwickshire, England (d. 1672)
  • 1635-12-28 Princess Elizabeth of England (d. 1650)
  • 1636-11-02 Edward Colston, English merchant, philanthropist and slave trader, born in Bristol, England (d. 1721)
  • 1637-03-12 Anne Hyde, wife of James II of England (d. 1671)
  • 1637-12-06 Edmund Andros, English governor in North America, born in London (d. 1714)
  • 1638-01-24 Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet (d. 1706)
  • 1638-05-06 Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, English politician and First Lord of the British Admiralty, born in Hadham Parva, Hertfordshire (d. 1696)
  • 1638-11-25 Catherine of Braganza, Portuguese Roman Catholic Queen of Charles II of England, born in Vila Vicosa, Portugal (d. 1705)
  • 1639-07-25 Thomas Tompion, English clock maker (cylinder tunnel), born in Northill, Bedfordshire, England (d. 1713)
  • 1639-09-29 Lord William Russell, English politician and plotter against Charles II (d. 1683)
  • 1640-01-25 William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire, English polymath & aristocrat, born in Handsworth, England (d. 1707)
  • 1640-12-13 Robert Plot, English naturalist, born in Borden, Kent (d. 1696)
  • 1640-12-14 Aphra Behn, English playwright and novelist, baptized in Canterbury, England (d. 1689)
  • 1641-04-08 Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney, English statesman, born in Paris (d. 1704)
  • 1641-05-16 Dudley North, English financier and economist
  • 1642-06-20 George Hickes, English linguist (Old German Philology), born in Newsham, Thirsk, Yorkshire (d. 1715)

Person of interestIsaac Newton

1642-12-25 Isaac Newton, English physicist, mathematician and astronomer (Gravity, Laws of Motion), born in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, England (d. 1727)

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 1643-02-16 John Sharp, English Archbishop of York (1691-1714), born in Bradford, England (d. 1714)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 2,340

  • 1521-05-17 Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, English politician (b. 1478)
  • 1522-02-25 William Lilye, English classical scholar
  • 1524-12-20 Thomas Linacre, English scholar and physician
  • 1525-07-22 Richard Wingfield, English diplomat
  • 1528-10-05 Richard Foxe, English churchman
  • 1529-06-21 John Skelton, English poet, dies at about 69
  • 1530-11-29 Thomas Wolsey, Cardinal, adviser and Lord Chancellor, (1515-29) to England's King Henry VIII, dies just before facing treason trial at about 55
  • 1532-08-22 William Warham, English archbishop of Canterbury (1502-32), dies at 82
  • 1533-04-28 Nicholas West, English bishop & diplomat, dies at 72
  • 1534-04-20 Elizabeth Barton [St Magd van Kent], English nun, prophet and only woman whose head was on a spike on London Bridge, hanged for treason
  • 1535-05-04 John Houghton, English monk, first of the Carthusian Martyrs, hung, drawn and quartered at the Tower of London
  • 1535-06-22 John Fisher, English bishop (1504-35), cardinal (Saint John Fisher), beheaded at about 65

Person of interestCatherine of Aragon

1536-01-07 Catherine of Aragon, 1st wife of England's King Henry VIII, dies at 50

Spanish Princess, Queen of England Catherine of Aragon
Spanish Princess, Queen of England
Catherine of Aragon
  • 1536-05-17 George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford, English brother of Anna Boleyn, beheaded after being tried and convicted for high treason and incest at 32

BattleAnne Boleyn

1536-05-19 Anne Boleyn, Queen of England (1533-36), second wife of Henry VIII, beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason aged between 28 to 35

  • 1538-05-08 Edward Fox, English bishop
  • 1538-05-22 John Forrest, English Franciscan friar (martyred) (b. 1471)
  • 1539-09-08 John Stokesley, English churchman
  • 1540-07-30 Robert Barnes, English churchman (martyred) (b. 1495)
  • 1540-07-30 Thomas Abel, English priest (martyred)
  • 1542-02-13 Catherine Howard, Queen of England (1540-42), 5th wife of Henry VIII, beheaded at 18 or 19 for adultery
  • 1542-10-06 Thomas Wyatt, English poet (b. 1503)
  • 1543-07-19 Lady Mary Boleyn, mistress of King Henry VIII of England
  • 1544-04-30 Thomas Audley, 1st Baron Audley of Walden, Lord Chancellor of England
  • 1545-07-19 George Carew, English admiral, drowns
  • 1545-07-19 Roger Grenville, English captain of Mary Rose, drowns
  • 1545-10-18 John Taverner, English composer (Western Wynde), dies at about 55
  • 1546-03-10 Thomas Elyot, English diplomat (Boke named the Governor), dies at 46
  • 1546-03-26 Thomas Elyot, English diplomat, dies at about 56
  • 1546-05-29 Cardinal Beaton, English archbishop of St Andrews, murdered in St Andrews Castle at 52
  • 1546-07-16 Anne Askew, English Protestant (burned at the stake) (b. 1521)

Person of interestHenry VIII

1547-01-28 Henry VIII, King of England (1509-47), dies at 55

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1548-09-05 Catharine Parr, Queen of England (1543-47), 6th wife of Henry VIII, dies at about 36
  • 1549-03-20 Thomas Seymour of Sudely, English Lord Admiral, beheaded
  • 1550-07-30 Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton, English politician (b. 1505)
  • 1551-07-13 John Wallop, English soldier and diplomat (b. 1490)
  • 1552-06-10 Alexander Barclay, English poet
  • 1553-07-06 Edward VI Tudor, King of England (1547-53), dies at 15
  • 1553-08-22 John Dudley, English Lord Admiral/premier (1551-53), beheaded

Person of interestJane Grey

1554-02-12 Jane Grey, Queen of England for 9 days, beheaded for treason at 16

Queen of England Jane Grey
Queen of England
Jane Grey
  • 1554-04-11 Thomas Wyatt the younger, English rebel (b. 1521)
  • 1554-08-25 Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, English great admiral, dies
  • 1555-02-09 Rowland Taylor, English clergyman, dies at 44
  • 1555-10-16 Hugh Latimer, English bishop and royal chaplain, burned at the stake as one of the Oxford Martyrs at 80
  • 1555-10-16 Nicholas Ridley, English theologist/bishop of Rochester, burned at the stake as an Oxford martyr
  • 1555-11-12 Stephen Gardiner, English bishop of Winchester, dies at about 65
  • 1556-11-10 Richard Chancellor, English explorer, dies in shipwreck off Scotland
  • 1556-12-23 Nicholas Udall, English playwright (wrote the 1st comedy in English "Ralph Roister Doister") dies at about 52

Person of interestAnne of Cleves

1557-07-16 Anne of Cleves, Queen of England (1539-40), 4th wife of Henry VIII, dies at 41

Queen of England Anne of Cleves
Queen of England
Anne of Cleves
  • 1557-09-13 John Cheke, English classical scholar and statesman (b. 1514)
  • 1558-05-31 Philip Hoby, English politician (b. 1505)
  • 1558-11-17 Reginald Pole, English cardinal/scholar/"heretic", dies at 58
  • 1559-01-29 Thomas Pope, English politician, benefactor, dies at about 52
  • 1559-09-10 Anthony Denny, English knight of the shire and confidant of King Henry VIII of England, dies at 58
  • 1559-11-18 Cuthbert Tunstall, English churchman (b. 1474)
  • 1560-09-08 Amy Robsart, wife of English premier Robert Dudley, dies by accident
  • 1563-03-12 John Bull, English composer, musician and organ builder, credited with composing Britain's national anthem "God Save The King/Queen" (debated), dies at about 68
  • 1563-06-09 William Paget, 1st Baron Paget, English statesman (b. 1506)
  • 1563-09-17 Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland, English soldier
  • 1565-10-14 Thomas Chaloner, English statesman and poet (b. 1521)
  • 1567-01-26 Nicholas Wotton, English diplomat
  • 1567-02-10 Lord Darnley Stuart, husband of English queen Mary, murdered
  • 1567-06-12 Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1490)
  • 1568-02-19 Miles Coverdale, translator (1st complete English Bible), dies at 80
  • 1568-12-23 Roger Ascham, tutor of Elizabeth I of England
  • 1569-01-20 Miles Coverdale, English bishop and translator of the Great Bible (the first authorized English translation of the Bible), dies at about 80
  • 1571-02-12 Nicholas Throckmorton, English diplomat and politician (b. 1515)
  • 1571-06-01 John Story, English Catholic martyr, executed at Tyburn by being hung, drawn and quartered
  • 1571-09-23 John Jewel, English bishop, dies at 49
  • 1572-10-24 Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby, English nobleman under Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, dies at about 62 or 63
  • 1573-07-29 John Caius, English physician, dies at 62
  • 1575-07-14 Richard Taverner, English Bible translator
  • 1577-08-12 Thomas Smith, English diplomat and scholar (b. 1513)
  • 1577-10-07 George Gascoigne, English poet
  • 1577-11-29 Cuthbert Mayne, English catholic saint, executed for high treason by being hung, drawn and quartered (b. 1543)
  • 1578-03-29 Arthur Champernowne, English admiral (b. 1524)
  • 1578-08-04 Thomas Stucley, English adventurer
  • 1579-02-20 Nicholas Bacon, English politician (b. 1509)
  • 1579-11-21 Thomas Gresham, English merchant and financier
  • 1580-11-30 Richard Farrant, English composer
  • 1580-12-01 Edmund Campion, English jesuit, hanged at 42
  • 1581-12-01 Ralph Sherwin, English Catholic saint (b. 1550)
  • 1581-12-01 Alexander Briant, English saint (b. around 1556)
  • 1583-03-04 Bernard Gilpin, English clergyman, "Apostle of the North" (b. 1517)
  • 1583-07-06 Edmund Grindal, English bishop of London/archbhp of York, dies at 64
  • 1584-03-10 Thomas Norton, English politician and writer (b. 1532)
  • 1584-07-12 Steven Borough, English explorer, dies at 58
  • 1584-07-23 John Day, English printer (b. 1522)
  • 1585-01-16 Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln, English admiral (b. 1512)
  • 1585-02-06 Edmund Plowden, English legal scholar (b. 1518)
  • 1585-07-06 Thomas Aufield, English Catholic martyr (b. 1552)
  • 1586-10-17 Philip Sidney, English Elizabethan era poet (Arcadia) and soldier, dies in battle at 32
  • 1587-03-30 Ralph Sadler, English statesman (b. 1507)
  • 1587-04-08 John Foxe, English writer (b. 1516)
  • 1588-06-18 Robert Crowley, English printer and poet
  • 1588-09-04 Robert Dudley, English Earl of Leicester, favourite of Elizabeth I, dies at 87
  • 1590-02-01 Lawrence Humphrey, English clergyman & educator, dies at 63
  • 1590-04-06 Francis Walsingham, English secretary of state, dies at about 57
  • 1590-11-18 George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, English statesman (b. 1528)
  • 1591-11-20 Christopher Hatton, English politician (b. 1540)