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What Happened on June 3, 1540

Historical Events


Historic DiscoveryHernando de Soto's Expedition lands in Florida

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
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Famous Birthdays

  • Charles II Archduke of Austria, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1590)
1540 Highlights

About June 3, 1540

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 480 years, 5 months and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Gemini