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What Happened in 1555

Historical Events in 1555

  • Feb 9 Bishop of Gloucester John Hooper is burned at the stake for heresy
  • Apr 9 Marcello Cervini elected Pope Marcellus II
  • Apr 17 Siena surrenders to Spanish troops
  • May 23 Giampietro Caraffa elected Pope Paul IV
  • Jul 2 Turgut Reis sacks the Italian city of Paola
  • Sep 25 Freedom of Religion in Augsburg
  • Sep 30 Bishop of Oxford Nicholas Ridley sentenced to death as a heretic
  • Oct 21 Emperor Charles V makes Erard of Pallandt earl of Culemborg
  • Oct 21 English parliament refuses to recognize Philip of Spain as king
  • Oct 25 Emperor Karel puts son Philip II in charge of Netherlands, Naples and Milan

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Famous People Born in 1555

  • Mar 2 Ludovico Spontoni, composer
  • Apr 21 Ludovico Carracci, Italian painter, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1619)
  • Aug 1 Edward Kelley, British spirit medium and Renaissance occultist, born in Worcester, England (d. 1597)
  • Sep 23 Louise de Coligny, French 4th wife of Willem of Orange
  • Dec 4 Heinrich Meibom, German historian and poet, born in Barntrup, Germany (d. 1625)

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Famous People Who Died in 1555

  • Feb 9 John Hooper, deprived Bishop of Gloucester, burnt for heresy
  • Feb 9 Rowland Taylor, English clergyman, dies at 44
  • Mar 23 Julius III [Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte], Counter-Reformation Pope (1550-55), dies at 67
  • Mar 27 William Hunter, Protestant martyr
  • Apr 12 Joanna of Castile (Joanna the mad), wife of Philip I of Castile dies at 75

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