On This Day

What Happened in August 1541

Historical Events

  • Aug 18 A Portuguese ship drifts ashore in the ancient Japanese province of Higo (modern day Kumamoto Prefecture). (Traditional Japanese date: July 27, 1541)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 21 Ottoman Turks under Suleiman the Magnificent capture Buda, the capital of the Hungarian Kingdom and go on to dominate central Hungary for 150 years

Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
Ottoman Sultan
Suleiman the Magnificent

DiscoveryVoyage of Discovery

Aug 23 French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Simon Grynaeus, German theologian (b. 1493)