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  • Jan 21st Parliament passes bill of attainder against Queen Katherine Howard
  • Feb 2nd Portuguese under Christovão da Gama capture a Muslim-occupied hillfort in northern Ethiopia in the Battle of Baçente.
  • May 6th Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
  • Jun 27th Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain
  • Jul 12th French troops under Maarten van Rossem occupies Flanders
  • Jul 21st Pope Paul III begins inquisition against Protestants (Sactum Officium)
  • Aug 2nd French troops leave Flanders
  • Aug 23rd Rabbi Joseph Caro completes his commentary of Tur Code
  • Aug 24th Conquistador Francisco de Orellana returns to Spain
  • Aug 28th Turkish-Portuguese War (1538-1557) - Battle of Wofla: the Portuguese are scattered, their leader Christovão da Gama is captured and afterwards executed.
  • Sep 28th Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay
  • Oct 7th Explorer Cabrillo discovered Catalina Island off California coast
  • Nov 22nd Spain delegates "New Laws" against slavery in America
  • Nov 24th Battle of Solway Moss: English beat Scottish King James V

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

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