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Events in History

  • 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

King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
King of Spain and 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 25 Edmund Campion, saint/Jesuit martyr (Decem Rationes), born in London, England
  • Jan 28 Ludolph van Ceulen, German mathematician (d. 1610)
  • Jun 3 Charles I of Austria (d. 1590)
  • Jun 11 Barnabe Googe, English poet (d. 1594)
  • Jul 11 Adolf van Nassau, German son of Willem the Rich/Juliana of Stolberg
  • Aug 5 Joseph Justice Scaliger, proposed Julian dating
  • Aug 26 King Magnus of Livonia (d. 1583)
  • Oct 1 Johann Jakob Grynaeus, Swiss Protestant clergyman (d. 1617)
  • Dec 31 Silvio Antoniano, Italian cardinal/theologist (Tre libri)

Weddings in History

  • Mar 4 Protestant Count Philip of Hessen marries 2nd wife

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 28 English King Henry VIII marries Catharine Howard, his 5th wife

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII

Divorces in History


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 9 English King Henry VIII annuls his 6 month marriage to his 4th wife Anne of Cleves, on the grounds of non-consummation and her pre-contract to Francis of Lorraine

Queen of England Anne of Cleves
Queen of England
Anne of Cleves
King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII

Deaths in History

  • Jan 27 Angela Merici, Italian monk/monastery, dies
  • Feb 2 George Schenck van Toutenburg, gov/viceroy of Frisia/Groningen
  • Mar 30 Matthäus Lang von Wellenburg, German statesman and Archbishop of Salzburg (b. 1469)
  • May 6 Jean Luis Vives, Spanish theory/humanist/reformer, dies at 48
  • May 22 Francesco Guicciardini, Italian historian/President of Romagna, dies at 57
  • Jul 11 Jan Szapolyai, anti-king of Hungarian, dies
  • Jul 21 John I Zapolyai, prince of Transsylvania/king of Hungary, dies

BattleExecution

Jul 28 Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII's chief minister, executed

Lawyer and Statesman Thomas Cromwell
Lawyer and Statesman
Thomas Cromwell
  • Jul 30 Robert Barnes, English churchman (martyred) (b. 1495)
  • Jul 30 Thomas Abel, English priest (martyred)
  • Aug 23 Guillaume Budé, French scholar
  • Aug 24 Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, Italian painter (b. 1503)
  • Sep 2 Lebna Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1501)
  • Oct 4 Helius Eobanus Hessus, German humanist/poet (Silvae), dies