On This Day

What Happened in March 1556

Historical Events

  • Mar 22 Cardinal Reginald Pole becomes archbishop of Canterbury

Royal Coronation

Mar 28 Philip II of Spain is formally crowned King of Spain

  • Mar 28 Origin of Fasli Era (India)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 7 Guillaume du Vair, French writer and thinker, born in Paris (d. 1621)
  • Mar 18 Francois of Valois, French duke of Anjou, youngest son of French King Henry II and Catherine de' Medici, Duke of Brabant, (d. 1584)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 19 Lieven van der Maude [Ammonius], South Netherlands poet, dies at 70
  • Mar 21 Thomas Cranmer, English reformer, Archbishop of Canterbury (1533-55), burned at stake at 66