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Events of 1550
- January 6 – Spanish Captain Hernando de Santana founds the city of Valledupar in what is now Colombian territory.
- February 8 – Pope Julius III succeeds Pope Paul III as the 221st pope.
- The first grammatical description of the French language is published by Louis Maigret.
- The first book in Slovenian, Abecedarium, written by Protestant reformer Primoz Trubar, is printed in Tübingen, Germany.
- Nostradamus' first almanac is written.
- Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is founded by Gustav Vasa.
- Iceland becomes fully Protestant.
- Altan Khan besieges Peking.
- The discovery of silver at Zacatecas and Guanajuato in Mexico, and Potosi in Bolivia, stimulates silver rushes (approximate date).