On This Day

1550 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 10 1st sitting of "Vurige Chamber" in Paris
  • Feb 2 Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, freed
  • Feb 7 Giovanni Maria del Monte elected Pope Julius III
  • Mar 24 France & England sign Peace of Boulogne
  • Apr 2 Jewish physician Joseph Hacohen expelled from city of Genoa, all Jews soon after
  • Apr 28 Powers of Dutch inquisition extends

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 29 Emperor Charles V gives inquisiters additional authority

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
  • Jul 7 Traditional date Chocolate thought to have been introduced to Europe
  • Sep 5 William Cecil appoints himself English minister of foreign affairs
  • Oct 5 Foundation of the city of Concepción, Chile.
  • Nov 14 Pope Julius III proclaims new seat on Council of Trente

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 31 Henry I, Duke of Guise, French Catholic leader, (d. 1588)

Person of interestJohn Napier

Feb 1 John Napier, Scottish mathematician and inventor (logarithms), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1617)

Mathematician John Napier
John Napier
  • Apr 12 Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, Lord Great Chamberlain of England, born in Hedingham Castle, Essex, England (d. 1604)
  • May 25 Camillus de Lellis, Italian Roman Catholic saint (founder of the Ministers of the Sick), born in Bucchianico, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1614)

Person of interestCharles IX of France

Jun 27 Charles IX [Carl], King of France (1560-74), born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1574)

  • Jun 28 Johannes van den Driesche, Flemish Hebraist, born in Oudenarde, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1616)
  • Aug 16 Carolus Gallus [Karel de Haan], Dutch lawyer, pastor and vicar, born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1606)
  • Sep 10 Alonso Pérez de Guzmán, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia, Spanish Armada commander, born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, Spain (d. 1615)
  • Sep 17 Pope Paul V [Camillo Borghese], 233rd pope (1605-21) and persecutor of Galileo, born in Rome (d. 1621)
  • Sep 30 Michael Maestlin, German mathematician (d. 1631)
  • Oct 4 Charles IX, King of Sweden (1604-11), born in Stockholm Castle, Sweden (d. 1611)
  • Oct 15 Henry, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg and brother of William of Orange
  • Nov 6 Karin Månsdotter, Queen of Sweden, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1612)
  • Dec 22 Cesare Cremonini, Italian professor of natural philosophy, born in Cento, Papal States (d. 1631)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 12 Andrea Alciato, Italian lawyer and writer, dies at 57
  • Mar 8 Juan de Dios, Port/Sp saint (Brothers of Mercy), dies at 55
  • Apr 12 Claude of Lorraine, duke of Guise, dies at 53
  • May 18 John, Cardinal of Lorraine, French churchman, dies at 52
  • May 20 Ashikaga Yoshiharu, Japanese shogun (b. 1510)
  • Jun 13 Veronica Gambara, Italian poet, dies at 64
  • Jul 30 Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton, English politician (b. 1505)
  • Aug 28 Nicolas Perrenot de Granvelle, French adviser to Emperor Charles V's, dies
  • Sep 8 Hans [Johann] Vischer, German count of Johann Cicero, dies
  • Oct 23 Tiedemann Giese, Polish Catholic bishop (b. 1480)
  • Nov 6 Ulrich, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1487)
  • Nov 7 Jon Arason, the last Roman Catholic bishop of Iceland prior to the reformation, beheaded in Skalholt with his two sons Are and Bjorn. (b. 1484)
  • Dec 6 Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Flemish painter, dies at 48
  • Dec 22 Richard Plantagenet (Richard of Eastwell) possibly a son of Richard III