Historical Events in 1566

Papal Inauguration

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
  • Mar 28 Foundation stone laid for the new city of La Valletta in Malta by Knights Hospitaller Grand Master Jean de Valette
  • 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; the Cathedral's interior is torn apart by Protestants
  • Aug 23 Beeldenstorm reaches Amsterdam
  • Aug 25 Iconoclastic fury begins in Dutch province Utrecht

Royal Coronation

Sep 7 Sultan Selim II succeeds to the Ottoman throne

Appointment of Interest

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

  • Dec 29 Danish student and future astronomer Tycho Brache loses part of his nose in a sword duel over who is the better mathematician (he wore a prosthetic nose the rest of his life)