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What Happened in June 1540

Historical Events


Historic DiscoveryHernando de Soto's Expedition lands in Florida

Jun 3 Hernando de Soto crosses the Appalachian Mountains, 1st European to do so
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Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto lands on the coast of Florida, somewhere between present-day Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor
Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto lands on the coast of Florida, somewhere between present-day Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 10 Thomas Cromwell arrested in Westminster

Lawyer and Statesman Thomas Cromwell
Lawyer and Statesman
Thomas Cromwell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 24 English King Henry VIII commands his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves, to leave the court

Queen of England Anne of Cleves
Queen of England
Anne of Cleves
King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • Jun 29 Former Lord Privy Seal and Chancellor of the Exchequer of England Thomas Cromwell indicted as a heretic

Famous Birthdays

  • 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