On This Day

January 1556 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 16 Holy Roman Emperor Charles V appoints his son Philip II, King of Spain
  • Jan 23 Shaanxi Earthquake, the deadliest ever recorded, kills 830,000 in Shaanxi Province, China
  • Jan 27 Willem of Orange becomes a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 8 Uesugi Kagekatsu, Japanese samurai daimyō, born in Echigo Province (d. 1623)
  • Jan 27 Abbas I, "the Great," shah of Persia (1587-1629)