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What Happened in 1538

Historical Events in 1538

  • Jan 27 States of Gelderland accepts Willem van Kleef as viceroy
  • Feb 24 Treaty of Nagyvarad/Peace of Grosswardein signed between Ferdinand I of Austria and John Zápolya of Hungary.
  • Apr 9 Danish king Christian III enters Schmalkaldische Union
  • May 26 Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.
  • Jun 10 Catholic German monarchy signs League of Neuremberg
  • Jun 18 Treaty of Nice: ends war between Emperor Charles V & King French I
  • Jul 15 Peace talks between Charles I and King Francois I
  • Jul 25 The City of Guayaquil is founded by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana and given the name Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de Guayaquil
  • Aug 6 Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada
  • Sep 21 Shrine of Saint Swithun in Winchester smashed up in the middle of the night as part of the English Reformation

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Famous People Born in 1538

  • Jan 10 Louis of Nassau, Dutch general, born in Dillenburg, Germany (d. 1574)
  • Jan 15 Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general, born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (d. 1599)
  • Mar 10 Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk; executed by Queen Elizabeth (1572)
  • Apr 24 Gugliemo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and Montferrat (1550-87), born in Mantua, Italy (d. 1587)
  • Apr 26 Gian Paolo Lomazzo, Italian painter and poet (Trattato), born in Milan (d. 1600)

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