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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1556 AD

January

January 16: Emperor Karel appoints his son Philip II, king of Spain
January 23: Most deadly earthquake kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China
January 24: Heavy earthquake strikes Shaaxi China, kills 830,000
January 27: Willem of Orange becomes knight of Guilder Flies

February

February 5: Kings Henri I and Philip II sign Treaty of Vaucelles
February 14: Archbishop Thomas Cranmer declared a heretic

March

March 22: Cardinal Reginald Pole becomes archbishop of Canterbury
March 28: Karel V's son Philip II crowned king of Spain
March 28: Origin of Fasli Era (India)

April

April 13: Portuguese Marranos who revert back to Judaism burned by order of Pope

September

September 9: Pope Paul IV refuses to crown Ferdinand of Austria emperor
September 12: Emperor Charles resigns, his brother Ferdinand van Austria takes over
September 13: Charles V and Maria of Hungary march into Spain
September 15: Vlissingen ex-emperor Charles V returns to Spain

October

October 17: Ex-emperor Karel departs Netherland for Spain

November

November 5: Akbar (14) succeeds his father Humajun on as Sultan of Delhi
November 5: Battle at Panipat: Mogollegers beat hindu leader Hemu
November 23: King Philip II confers with Dutch financial experts
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