On This Day

What Happened in August 1542

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 French troops leave Flanders
  • Aug 23 Rabbi Joseph Caro completes his commentary of Tur Code
  • Aug 24 Conquistador Francisco de Orellana returns to Spain
  • Aug 28 Turkish-Portuguese War (1538-1557) - Battle of Wofla: the Portuguese are scattered, their leader Christov√£o da Gama is captured and afterwards executed.

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 24 Gasparo Contarini, Italian diplomat and cardinal (b. 1483)
  • Aug 29 Cristov√£o da Gama, Portuguese soldier (born c. 1516)