On This Day

What Happened in May 1541

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 King Henry VIII orders a bible in English be placed in every church in England

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII

Historic DiscoveryHernando de Soto's Expedition lands in Florida

May 8 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his expedition discover the Mississippi River
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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

Famous Deaths

  • May 27 Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, beheaded at 67 for treason in Tower of London by Henry VIII