Decades: 1490s 1500s 1510s 1520s 1530s 1540s - 1550s - 1560s 1570s 1580s 1590s
Years: 1547 1548 1549 1550 1551 - 1552 - 1553 1554 1555 1556 1557
April - War between Henry II of France and Emperor Charles V. Henry invades Lorraine and captures Toul, Metz, and Verdun.
October - December - Unsuccessful Siege of Metz by Charles V
Russia, Conquest of Kazan and Astrakhan. Counter-offensive of Tatars from the Crimea
Hungary - defence of Eger from Turks
July 18 - Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor
December 2 - Francis Xavier, Jesuit missionary