On This Day

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
  • Jul 27 Tribunal convicts Agnes Waterhouse of witchcraft, and sentences her to be first British woman executed for the crime (Chelmsford, England)
  • Jul 29 Great Britain executes Agnes Waterhouse, the first British woman convicted of witchcraft in Chelmsford, England
  • 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

CrownRoyal Coronation

Sep 7 Sultan Selim II succeeds to the Ottoman throne

Ottoman Sultan Selim II
Ottoman Sultan
Selim II

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Dec 1 Spanish King Philip II names Fernando Alvarez, duke of Alva

King of Spain Philip II of Spain
King of Spain
Philip II of Spain