On This Day

What Happened in February 1542

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 Portuguese under Christovão da Gama capture a Muslim-occupied hillfort in northern Ethiopia in the Battle of Baçente.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 22 Santino Garsi da Parma, Italian composer (d. 1604)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Girolamo Aleandro, Italian Catholic cardinal, dies at 61
  • Feb 13 Catherine Howard, Queen of England (1540-42), 5th wife of Henry VIII, beheaded at 18 or 19 for adultery
  • Feb 13 Jane Boleyn, Viscountess Rochford, sister-in-law of King Henry VIII of England, beheaded in the Tower of London at 36 or 37