On This Day

What Happened in 1554

Historical Events

  • Jan 5 Great fire in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Jan 12 Bayinnaung crowned King of Burma, goes 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 the city of São Paulo in 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

Famous People Born in 1554

  • Jan 9 Gregory XV [Alessandro Ludovisi], pope (1621-23)
  • Jan 20 King Sebastian of Portugal (d. 1578)
  • Mar 26 Charles, Duke of Mayenne, French military leader, born in Alençon, France (d. 1611)
  • Mar 27 Eberhard Bronchorst, Dutch lawyer, born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 1627)
  • May 20 Paolo Bellasio, Italian composer, born in Verona (d. 1594)

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Famous People in 1554

World Leaders in 1554

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 24 Queen Maria of England marries Philip, king of Naples/Jerusalem
  • Jul 25 Mary I of England (37) marries Prince Philip of Spain (27) (later Philip II) at Winchester Cathedral, England