On This Day

What Happened in August 1553

Historical Events

Historic Event

Aug 12 Pope Julius III orders confiscation & burning of Jewish Talmud

Historic Event

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

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 8 Girolamo Fracastoro, Italian physician (b. 1478)
  • Aug 17 Charles III, Duke of Savoy (1504-53), dies at 66
  • Aug 22 John Dudley, English Lord Admiral/premier (1551-53), beheaded