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Millennium: 2nd millennium
1551 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1551
Ab urbe condita2304
Armenian calendar1000
Assyrian calendar6301
Balinese saka calendar1472–1473
Bengali calendar958
Berber calendar2501
English Regnal yearEdw. 6 – 5 Edw. 6
Buddhist calendar2095
Burmese calendar913
Byzantine calendar7059–7060
Chinese calendar庚戌年 (Metal Dog)
4247 or 4187
    — to —
辛亥年 (Metal Pig)
4248 or 4188
Coptic calendar1267–1268
Discordian calendar2717
Ethiopian calendar1543–1544
Hebrew calendar5311–5312
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1607–1608
 - Shaka Samvat1472–1473
 - Kali Yuga4651–4652
Holocene calendar11551
Igbo calendar551–552
Iranian calendar929–930
Islamic calendar957–958
Japanese calendarTenbun 20
Javanese calendar1469–1470
Julian calendar1551
Korean calendar3884
Minguo calendar361 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar83
Thai solar calendar2093–2094
Tibetan calendar阳金狗年
(male Iron-Dog)
1677 or 1296 or 524
    — to —
(female Iron-Pig)
1678 or 1297 or 525

Year 1551 (MDLI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.




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  • Qizilbash forces under the command of Tahmasp I raid and destroy the cave monastery of Vardzia in Georgia.
  • In Henan province, China, during the Ming dynasty, a severe frost in the spring destroys the winter wheat crop. Torrential rains in mid summer cause massive flooding of farmland and villages (by some accounts submerged in a metre of water). In the fall, a large tornado demolishes houses and flattens much of the buckwheat in the fields. Famine victims either flee, starve, or resort to cannibalism. This follows a series of natural disasters in Henan in the years 1528, 1531, 1539, and 1545.
  • In Slovakia, Guta (modern-day Kolárovo) receives town status.
  • Portugal founds a sugar colony at Bahia.
  • Juan de Betanzos begins to write his Narrative of the Incas.
  • The new edition of the Genevan psalter, Pseaumes octantetrois de David, is published, with Louis Bourgeois as supervising composer, including the first publication of the hymn tune known as the Old 100th.




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