Historical Events in 1540

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  • Feb 9 The first recorded race meet in England (Roodee Fields, Chester)

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Feb 14 Emperor Charles V enters Ghent without resistance, executes rebels

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V

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Feb 23 Francisco Vázquez de Coronado's expedition sets off from Mexico in search of the 7 cities of Cibola

Explorer and Conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado
Explorer and Conquistador
Francisco Vázquez de Coronado
  • Mar 19 Court of Holland names Amsterdam sheriff John Hubrechtsz a "heretic"
  • Apr 29 Emperor Charles declares all privileges of Ghent ended
  • May 4 Venice & Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople

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Jun 3 Hernando de Soto crosses Appalachian Mountain, 1st European to do so

Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto
Spanish Explorer and Conquistador
Hernando de Soto

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Jun 10 Thomas Cromwell arrested in Westminster

Lawyer and Statesman Thomas Cromwell
Lawyer and Statesman
Thomas Cromwell

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Jun 24 English King Henry VIII commands his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves, to leave the court

Queen of England Anne of Cleves
Queen of England
Anne of Cleves
King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • Jun 29 English ex-chancellor Thomas Cromwell sentenced as heretic
  • Jul 23 Turkey recognizes Janos Sigismund Zapolyai as vassal-king of Hungary
  • Aug 15 Arequipa, Peru, is founded.
  • Aug 25 Explorer Hernando de Alarcon travels up Colorado River
  • Aug 29 Emperor Karel deprives city Gent of its definitive rights and privileges
  • Sep 27 Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by Ignatius Loyola comfirmed by Pope Paul III in Rome
  • Oct 2 Venice/Turkey signs peace
  • Oct 11 Emperor Karel names his son Philip, Duke of Milan