What Happened in 1540

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Significant Events

More Historical Events

1540 in Sport

  • Feb 9 The first recorded race meet in England (Roodee Fields, Chester)

World Leaders in 1540

Famous People in 1540

Famous People Born in 1540

  • 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 II Archduke of Austria, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1590)
  • Jun 11 Barnabe Googe, English poet, born in Alvingham, Lincolnshire (d. 1594)
  • Jun 23 Johann Baptista Serranus, composer
More Famous Birthdays

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 4 Protestant Count Philip of Hessen marries 2nd wife
  • Jul 28 English King Henry VIII (49) marries Catherine Howard (16 or 17), his 5th wife

Famous Divorces

  • 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