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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1558 AD

January

January 7: Calais, last English possession in France, retaken by French
January 8: French troops under duke de Guise occupy Calais
January 9: Geneva becomes independent from Berne canton, Switzerland
January 11: Westmunster Church in Middelburg destroyed by heavy storm

March

March 5: Smoking tobacco introduced in Europe by Francisco Fernandes
March 14: Ferdinand I appointed Holy Roman emperor

April

April 4: Czar Ivan IV gives parts of North-Russia to fur traders
April 24: Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland marries French crown prince Francois

July

July 23: Battle at Grevelingen: Gen/earl Lamoraal van Egmont beat France

August

August 4: 1st printing of Zohar (Jewish Kabbalah)

November

November 7: French king Henri II occupies Calais
November 17: Elizabeth I ascends English throne upon death of Queen Mary

December

December 29: Charles V, German emperor, buried
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