On This Day

What Happened in 1553

Historical Events

  • Apr 29 Flemish woman introduces practice of starching linen into England
  • Jun 12 King Edward VI accepts Archbishop Cranmer's "42 Articles"
  • Jun 26 Christ's Hospital in England granted a charter
  • Jul 9 Battle at Sievershausen: Saxons-Brunwick alliance led by Elector Maurice defeat forces of Margrave Albert Alcibiades of Brandenburg-Bayreuth in a bloody battle with 4,000 killed
  • Jul 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.
  • Jul 19 15-year-old Lady Jane Grey deposed as England's Queen after 9 days
  • Jul 20 John Dudley, Lord President of the Council under Edward VI, captured in Cambridge
  • Aug 12 Pope Julius III orders confiscation & burning of Jewish Talmud
  • Aug 13 Spanish theologian and physician Michael Servetus arrested as a heretic in Geneva (put on trial the next day, eventually found guilty of heresy and burned to death)
  • Aug 23 Bishop Stephen Gardiner appointed English Lord Chancellor
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Famous People in 1553

World Leaders in 1553

Famous Weddings

  • May 21 Lady Jane Grey (15), later English queen for 9 days, marries Lord Guildford Dudley (18)

Famous People Who Died in 1553

  • Feb 4 Caspar Othmayr, composer, dies at 37
  • Feb 19 Erasmus Reinhold, German mathematician (calculated planetary table), dies at 41
  • Feb 25 Hirate Masahide, Japanese diplomat and tutor of Oda Nobunaga, commits suicide (b. 1492)
  • Apr 9 Francois Rabelais, French author (Gargantua, Pantagruel), dies at 49
  • Jul 6 Edward VI Tudor, King of England (1547-53), dies at 15

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