On This Day

What Happened in January 1556

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jan 16 Holy Roman Emperor Charles V abdicates his role as King of Spain and appoints his son Philip II of Spain

  • Jan 23 Shaanxi Earthquake, the deadliest ever recorded, kills 830,000 in Shaanxi Province, China
  • Jan 27 Willem of Orange becomes a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 8 Uesugi Kagekatsu, Japanese samurai daimyƍ, born in Echigo Province (d. 1623)
  • Jan 27 Abbas I, "the Great," shah of Persia (1587-1629)