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)

Historic Event

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

Voyage of Discovery

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


Famous Deaths

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