1520 in History

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Events in History

  • Jan 18 Christian II of Denmark & Norway defeats Swedes at Lake Asunde
  • Jan 19 Sten Sture the Younger, the Regent of Sweden, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Bogesund.
  • Jun 6 France & England sign treaty of Scotland

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Jun 30 Spanish conquistadors under Hernán Cortés take gold from Aztecs

Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés
Spanish Conquistador
Hernán Cortés
  • Jun 30 The Spaniards are expelled from Tenochtitlan.
  • Jul 7 Battle of Otumba Mexico: Hernán Cortés and the Tlaxcalans defeat a numerically superior Aztec force

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Jul 10 King Charles V France & King Henry VIII of England sign treaty of Calais

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII

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Sep 30 Suleiman the Magnificent succeeds his father Selam I as Ottoman Sultan (rules till 1566)

Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
Ottoman Sultan
Suleiman the Magnificent
  • Oct 7 1st public burning of books in Netherlands, in Louvain

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Oct 15 King Henry VIII of England orders bowling lanes at Whitehall

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII

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Oct 21 Explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his fleet reach Cape Virgenes and become the first Europeans to sail into the Pacific Ocean

  • Oct 23 King Carlos I crowned German emperor Charles V
  • Nov 4 Danish/Norwegian king Christian II crowned king of Sweden
  • Nov 8 Stockholm Bloodbath begins: A successful invasion of Sweden by Danish forces results in the execution of around 100 people.
  • Nov 9 Height of the Stockholm Bloodbath - King Christian II of Denmark, Norway and Sweden executes Swedish nobles
  • Nov 20 Friesland hit by heavy hail storm
  • Nov 28 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing the Pacific Ocean

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Dec 10 Martin Luther publicly burns papal edict demanding he recant

Founder of Protestanism Martin Luther
Founder of Protestanism
Martin Luther

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Franciscus Balduinus, [Francois Baudouin], lawyer
  • Mar 3 Matthias Flacius, Croatian Protestant reformer (d. 1575)
  • Aug 1 Sigismund II Augustus, King of Poland (1548-72), born in Kraków, Poland
  • Aug 10 Madeleine de Valois, wife of James V of Scotland (d. 1537)
  • Sep 13 William Cecil 1st baron Burghley, English premier

Deaths in History

  • Feb 5 Sten Sture the Younger, regent of Sweden (b. 1493)

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Apr 6 Raphael [Sanzio], Italian artist (Sistine Madonna, School of Athens), dies on his 37th birthday

Italian painter and architect Raphael
Italian painter and architect
Raphael
  • Jun 24 Hosokawa Sumimoto, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1489)

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Jun 30 Moctezuma II, Aztec emperor (1502-20), killed either by the Spanish or stoned by his own people

Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II
Aztec Emperor
Moctezuma II
  • Sep 21 Selam I Jawuz, the Barse, poet/cruel sultan of Turkey, dies
  • Sep 22 Selim I, captured Baghdad/Sultan of Turkey (1512-20), dies at 53
  • Oct 28 Pier Gerlofs Donia, Frisian pirate and freedom fighter