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Philip II of Spain

King of Spain Philip II of Spain

Profession: King of Spain


Why Famous: During Philip II's reign, Spain reached the height of its influence and power often referred to as Spain's Golden Age.

The expression, "the empire on which the sun never sets," was coined during his reign to reflect the extent of his dominion which stretched from Europe, to the Americas and Asia.

From 1554 he was also the King of Naples and Sicily as well as the Duke of Milan. During his marriage to Queen Mary I (1554–58), he also became the King of England and Ireland.

Born: May 21, 1527
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: September 13, 1598 (aged 71)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Events in the Life of Philip II of Spain

  • 1561-09-23 King Philip II of Spain forbids Spanish settlements in Florida

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