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  • Jan 21 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.
  • Jun 27 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain
  • 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 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay
  • Oct 7 Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovered Catalina Island off California coast
  • 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

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