Year 1561 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 28 By Edict of Orleans French persecution of Huguenots is suspended
  • Feb 22 William of Orange appointed viceroy of Burgundy and Charolais
  • Jul 2 Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia, defeats a revolt in Emfraz
  • Jul 12 "Trinity Church" (now Saint Basil's Cathedral) is consecrated in Moscow, Russia, built to commemorate defeat of the Mongols at battle of Kazan
  • Aug 19 Mary Queen of Scots arrives in Leith, Scotland to assume the throne after spending 13 years in France
  • Sep 9 Conference of Poissy: Religious theologians gathered by Catherine de' Medici
  • Sep 23 King Philip II of Spain forbids Spanish settlements in Florida
  • Oct 18 Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima -- Takeda Shingen defeats Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflict
  • Nov 29 Lofland subjects himself on Sigismund August II of Poland
  • Dec 21 Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, Archbishop of Mechelen, made Cardinal

Historical Marriages

  • Aug 24 Wiliam of Orange marries for a second time Anna, Duchess of Saxony

Historical Figures Who Died in 1561

  • Jan 31 Bairam Khan, Great Mughal General, regent for Akbar
  • Jan 31 Menno Simons, Dutch priest and vicar whose followers are named the Mennonites, dies at around 65
  • Feb 26 Jorge de Montemayor, Spanish writer
  • Mar 4 Carlo Carafa, Italian cardinal, dies at 41
  • Mar 25 Conrad Lycosthenes, French-born German philosopher and encyclopedist (b. 1518)

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