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, born (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)
  • 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, Charles V's asst sec of state, 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