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What Happened in 1541

Historical Events in 1541

  • Feb 24 Santiago, Chile founded by Pedro de Valvidia (or 2/12)
  • Apr 4 Ignatius of Loyola becomes 1st superior-general of Jesuits
  • Apr 7 Francis Xavier leaves Lisbon on a mission to the Portuguese East Indies
  • Apr 25 -26) Liege flooded after heavy down pour
  • May 6 King Henry VIII orders a bible in English be placed in every church in England
  • May 8 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his expedition discover the Mississippi River
  • Jun 18 Irish parliament selects Henry VIII of England as King of Ireland
  • Jul 9 Estev√£o da Gama departs Massawa, leaving behind 400 matchlock men and 150 slaves under his brother Christov√£o da Gama, with orders to help the Emperor of Ethiopia defeat Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi who has invaded his Empire

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Famous People Born in 1541

  • Jan 26 Florent Chrestien, French writer (d. 1596)
  • Mar 25 Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1587)
  • Apr 8 Michele Mercati, Italian physician and gardener, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1593)
  • Oct 31 Hendrik van Kinschot, Dutch lawyer
  • Nov 9 Menso Alting, Dutch reformed vicar and theologist, born in Eelde, Netherlands (d. 1612)

Famous People in 1541

World Leaders in 1541

Famous Weddings in 1541

  • Jun 14 Duke Willem van Gulik of Gelre marries Jeanne d'Albret