On This Day

What Happened in July 1534

Historical Events

Election of Interest

Jul 4 Christian III is elected King of Denmark and Norway in the town of Rye

  • Jul 7 European colonization of the Americas: first known exchange between Europeans and natives of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in New Brunswick

Historic Discovery

Jul 24 Jacques Cartier lands in Canada, claims it for France


Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Frederick II, King of Denmark and Norway (1559-88), born in Haderslevhus Castle, Haderslev, Denmark (d. 1588)
  • Jul 18 Zacharias Ursinus, German theologist (Heidelberger Catechism), born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1583)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 19 Willem van Enkenvoirt, cardinal/bishop of Utrecht, dies at about 70