On This Day

What Happened in January 1561

Historical Events

  • Jan 28 By Edict of Orleans French persecution of Huguenots is suspended

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 6 Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician, born in Flensburg, Germany (d. 1656)

Francis Bacon

Jan 22 Francis Bacon [Lord Verulam], English statesman, Lord Chancellor (1617-21) and philosopher (Novum Organum), born in London (d. 1626)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 31 Menno Simons, Dutch priest and vicar whose followers are named the Mennonites, dies at around 65
  • Jan 31 Bairam Khan, Great Mughal General, regent for Akbar