On This Day

What Happened in July 1540

Historical Events

  • Jul 23 Turkey recognizes John Sigismund Zápolya as vassal king of Hungary

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 7 John Sigismund Zápolya, King of Hungary as John II (1540-51, 1556-70) who ruled parts of the Kingdom of Hungary with support from the Ottomans, born in Buda, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1571)
  • Jul 11 Adolf van Nassau, German son of William I and Juliana of Stolberg, born in Dillenburg, Germany (d. 1568)

Famous Weddings

Henry VIII

Jul 28 English King Henry VIII (49) marries Catherine Howard (16 or 17), his 5th wife

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

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

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 21 John I Zapolyai, prince of Transsylvania/king of Hungary, dies

ExecutionThomas Cromwell

Jul 28 Thomas Cromwell, English chief minister for King Henry VIII, executed for treason and heresy at 54 or 55

  • Jul 30 Robert Barnes, English churchman (martyred) (b. 1495)
  • Jul 30 Thomas Abel, English priest (martyred)