Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 15th century · 16th century · 17th century
Decades: 1500s 1510s 1520s 1530s 1540s
1550s 1560s 1570s 1580s 1590s
Categories: BirthsDeaths

As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 through 1600.

See also: 16th century in literature

Events[edit | edit source]

1500s[edit | edit source]

Martin Luther at age 46 (Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1529)

1510s[edit | edit source]

Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain.

1520s[edit | edit source]

1530s[edit | edit source]

Henry VIII
King of England and Ireland
by Hans Holbein the Younger.

1540s[edit | edit source]

1550s[edit | edit source]

Suleiman the Magnificent.

1560s[edit | edit source]

1570s[edit | edit source]

Oda Nobunaga.

1580s[edit | edit source]

1590s[edit | edit source]

Significant people[edit | edit source]

William Shakespeare.

John Calvin.

Inventions, discoveries, introductions[edit | edit source]

Related article: List of 16th century inventions.

Decades and years[edit | edit source]

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