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What Happened in May 1521

Historical Events


Papal VisitThe Protestant Reformation

May 8 Parliament of Worms installs edict against Martin Luther
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1517 copy of Martin Luther's 95 theses, the publication of which began the Protestant Reformation in Europe
1517 copy of Martin Luther's 95 theses, the publication of which began the Protestant Reformation in Europe
  • May 17 Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason
  • May 20 Ignatius Loyola seriously wounded by a cannon ball

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 Edict of Worms outlaws Martin Luther and his followers

Founder of Protestanism Martin Luther
Founder of Protestanism
Martin Luther

AgreementTreaty of Interest

May 28 Pope Leo X signs treaty with Holy Roman Emperor Charles V

Pope Leo X
Pope
Leo X
Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 Saint Peter Canisius, Dutch Jesuit Catholic priest, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1597)

Famous Deaths

  • May 10 Sebastian Brant, Alsatian humanist (b. 1457)
  • May 17 Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, English politician (b. 1478)
  • May 28 Willem van Croij, Duke of Soria, dies at about 62