On This Day

What Happened in 1566

Historical Events in 1566

  • Jan 7 Antonio "Michele" Ghislieri is elected Pope Pius V
  • Mar 9 David Rizzio, the private secretary to Mary I of Scotland, is murdered in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Apr 5 200 Brussel nobles offer Margaretha of Parma a petition
  • Aug 10 Protestant Iconoclasm "Beeldenstorm" begins in European Low Countries
  • Aug 20 Iconoclasm reaches Antwerp, Belgium
  • Aug 23 Beeldenstorm reaches Amsterdam
  • Aug 25 Iconoclastic fury begins in Dutch province Utrecht
  • Sep 7 Sultan Selim II succeeds to the Ottoman throne
  • Dec 1 Spanish King Philip II names Fernando Alvarez, duke of Alva

World Leaders in 1566