On This Day

What Happened in October 1542

Historical Events

Historic Discovery

Oct 7 Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovers Catalina Island off the coast of California

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 4 Roberto Bellarmino, Italian saint (Doctor of the Church), born in Montepulciano, Italy (d. 1621)


Oct 15 Akbar, 3rd Mughal Emperor of India (1556-1605), born in Umerkot, Sindh (d. 1605)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 6 Thomas Wyatt, English poet (b. 1503)
  • Oct 27 Abraham ben Avigdor, rabbi/author (commentary on Tur), dies