On This Day

What Happened in January 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 9 Gregory XV, [Alessandro Ludovisi], pope (1621-23)
  • Jan 20 King Sebastian of Portugal (d. 1578)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Pedro de Valdivia, Spanish conquistador & first royal governor of Chile, dies at 56
  • Jan 16 Christiern Pedersen, Danish humanist (b. 1480)