What Happened in 1540

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Significant Events

More Historical Events

Did You Know?

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

On February 9, 1540


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 I of Austria (d. 1590)
  • Jun 11 Barnabe Googe, English poet (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 marries Catharine Howard, 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