On This Day

What Happened in 1559

Historical Events

  • Jan 15 Elizabeth I crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey
  • Feb 16 Pope Paul IV calls for deposition of sovereigns supporting heresy
  • Mar 14 Storm floods ravage Gorinchem, Dordrecht & Woudrichem, Netherlands
  • Apr 2 England & France sign 1st Treaty of Le Cateau-Cambr├ęsis
  • Apr 3 Spain & France sign 2nd Treaty of Le Cateau-Cambr├ęsis
  • May 10 Scottish Protestants under John Knox uprise against queen mother Mary
  • May 13 Exhumed corpse of heretic David Jorisz burned in Basel
  • Jun 22 Jewish quarter of Prague burned and looted
  • Jun 30 King Henry II of France is seriously injured in a jousting match against Gabriel de Montgomery
  • Aug 9 Willem of Orange becomes viceroy of Holland, Zealand and Utrecht
  • More Historical Events

Famous People Born in 1559

  • Feb 18 Isaac Casaubon, naturalized English classical scholar, theologian
  • Jul 22 Lawrence of Brindisi, Italian monk (d. 1619)
  • Sep 12 Lodovico Cardi da Cigoli, Italian painter and architect, born in Tuscany, Italy (d. 1613)
  • Nov 13 Albert VII, Archduke of Austria, born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1621)
  • Nov 15 Albert VII, Archduke of Austria and cardinal-archbishop of Toledo, born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1621)

Famous People in 1559