On This Day

Historical Events in 1553

  • Apr 29 Flemish woman introduces practice of starching linen into England
  • Jun 12 King Edward VI accepts Archbishop Cranmer's "42 Articles"
  • Jun 26 Christ's Hospital in England granted a charter
  • Jul 9 Battle at Sievershausen Solingen: van Saksen beats Alcibiades
  • Jul 10 Lady Jane Grey, daughter of the Duke of Suffolk, proclaimed Queen of England, succeeds Edward VI, who proclaimed his half-sisters illegitimate. Reigns for nine days.
  • Jul 19 15-year-old Lady Jane Grey deposed as England's Queen after 9 days
  • Jul 20 John Dudley, Lord President of the Council under Edward VI, captured in Cambridge
  • Aug 12 Pope Julius III orders confiscation & burning of Jewish Talmud

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 13 Michael Servetus is arrested by John Calvin in Geneva as a heretic.

Protestant Reformer and Theologian John Calvin
Protestant Reformer and Theologian
John Calvin
  • Aug 23 Bishop Stephen Gardiner appointed English Lord Chancellor
  • Sep 8 City of Lichfield, England, founded
  • Sep 13 English bishop Hugh Latimer arrested
  • Oct 21 Volumes of Talmud are burned
  • Oct 27 Condemned as a heretic, Michael Servetus is burned at the stake just outside Geneva
  • Nov 13 English Lady Jane Grey and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer accused of high treason
  • Dec 25 Battle of Tucapel: Mapuche rebels under Lautaro defeats the Spanish conquistadors and exetutes the governor of Chile Pedro de Valdivia.