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What Happened on May 21, 1542

Famous Deaths


Person of interestHernando de Soto

Hernando de Soto, Spanish conquistador and 1st European to discover the Mississippi River, dies while searching for gold, near the Mississippi River at about 46

Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto
Spanish Explorer and Conquistador
Hernando de Soto

1542 Highlights

About May 21, 1542

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 478 years, 9 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Gemini