Decades: 1490s 1500s 1510s 1520s 1530s - 1540s - 1550s 1560s 1570s 1580s 1590s
Years: 1542 1543 1544 1545 1546 - 1547 - 1548 1549 1550 1551 1552
January 16 - Grand Duke Ivan IV of Muscovy becomes the first Tsar of Russia.
January 28 - Edward VI succeeds his father Henry VIII as King of England.
February 20 - Edward VI of England is crowned at Westminster Abbey
March 31 - Henry II succeeds his father Francis I as King of France
April 24 - Battle of Mühlberg - Emperor Charles V defeats the forces of the Schmalkaldic League under the Elector John Frederick of Saxony.
September 10 - Battle of Pinkie. An English army under the Duke of Somerset, Protector of England, defeats a Scottish army under James Hamilton, Earl of Arran, the Regent. The English seized Edinburgh.
September 14 - Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Dutch statesman
January 28 - King Henry VIII of England
March 31 - King Francis I of France\n