On This Day

Events in History in 1556

  • 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
  • Feb 5 Kings Henri I and Philip II sign Treaty of Vaucelles
  • Feb 14 English Archbishop Thomas Cranmer declared a heretic
  • Mar 22 Cardinal Reginald Pole becomes archbishop of Canterbury
  • Mar 28 Karel V's son Philip II crowned King of Spain
  • Mar 28 Origin of Fasli Era (India)
  • Apr 13 Portuguese Marranos who revert back to Judaism burned by order of Pope
  • Sep 9 Pope Paul IV refuses to crown Ferdinand of Austria emperor
  • Sep 12 Emperor Charles abdicates in favour of his brother Ferdinand I

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Sep 13 Charles V & Maria of Hungary march into Spain

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
  • Sep 15 Vlissingen ex-emperor Charles V returns to Spain
  • Oct 17 Ex-emperor Karel departs Netherland for Spain

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Nov 5 Akbar (14) succeeds his father Humajun as Sultan of Delhi

Mughal Emperor Akbar
Mughal Emperor
  • Nov 5 Second Battle of Panipat: Hindu Emperor of north India Hem Chandra Vikramaditya defeated by forces of Mughal Emperor Akbar, who captures and later beheads Hem Chandra
  • Nov 23 King Philip II confers with Dutch financial experts