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What Happened in 1520

Important Events in 1520

  • Jun 30 Spanish conquistadors are expelled from Tenochtitlan following an Aztec revolt against their rule under Hernán Cortés during "La Noche Triste" (the Night of Sadness). Many soldiers drown in the escape, and Aztec emperor Montezuma II dies in the struggle
  • Jul 7 Battle of Otumba, Mexico: Hernán Cortés and the Tlaxcalans defeat a numerically superior Aztec force

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

On October 21, 1520


Famous People Born in 1520

  • 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 (d. 1572)
  • Aug 10 Madeleine of Valois, French princess who briefly became Queen of Scotland after marrying James V, born in the St. Germain-en-Laye, Paris, France (d. 1537)
  • Sep 13 William Cecil, 1st baron Burghley, English statesman, born in Bourne, Lincolnshire, England (d. 1598)

Famous People in 1520

World Leaders in 1520