On This Day

What Happened in March 1566

Historical Events

  • Mar 9 David Rizzio, the private secretary to Mary I of Scotland, is murdered in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Mar 28 Foundation stone laid for the new city of La Valletta in Malta by Knights Hospitaller Grand Master Jean de Valette

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 9 David Rizzio, Italian secretary of Mary Queen of Scots, murdered by Protestant nobles
  • Mar 26 Antonio de Cabezon, Spanish composer, dies
  • Mar 28 Siegmund Freiherr von Herberstein, Austrian diplomat, dies at 79