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  • Jan 21 English Parliament passes bill of attainder against Queen Katherine Howard
  • Feb 2 Portuguese under Christovão da Gama capture a Muslim-occupied hillfort in northern Ethiopia in the Battle of Baçente.
  • May 6 Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.

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Jun 27 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo sets sail from the Mexican port of Navidad to explore the west coast of North America on behalf of the Spanish Empire

Conquistador and Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
Conquistador and Explorer
Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
  • Jul 12 French troops under Maarten van Rossem occupies Flanders
  • Jul 21 Pope Paul III begins inquisition against Protestants (Sactum Officium)
  • Aug 2 French troops leave Flanders
  • Aug 23 Rabbi Joseph Caro completes his commentary of Tur Code
  • Aug 24 Conquistador Francisco de Orellana returns to Spain
  • Aug 28 Turkish-Portuguese War (1538-1557) - Battle of Wofla: the Portuguese are scattered, their leader Christovão da Gama is captured and afterwards executed.
  • Sep 28 Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay, naming it San Miguel and claims it for Spain
  • Oct 7 Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovers Catalina Island off the coast of California
  • Nov 22 Spain delegates "New Laws" against slavery in America
  • Nov 24 Battle of Solway Moss: English beat Scottish King James V

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Dec 14 Princess Mary Stuart succeeds her father James V and becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at 6 days old

Queen of Scotland Mary Stuart
Queen of Scotland
Mary Stuart