On This Day

What Happened in August 1540

Historical Events

  • Aug 15 Arequipa is founded in Peru
  • Aug 25 Explorer Hernando de Alarcon travels up Colorado River
  • Aug 29 Emperor Karel deprives city Gent of its definitive rights and privileges

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 5 Joseph Justus Scaliger, French-Dutch scholar (revolutionised ideas about ancient chronology), born in Agen, France (d. 1609)
  • Aug 26 King Magnus of Livonia (d. 1583)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 23 Guillaume Budé, French scholar
  • Aug 24 Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, Italian painter (b. 1503)