On This Day

What Happened in September 1542

Historical Events

Historic Discovery

Sep 28 Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay, naming it San Miguel and claims it for Spain

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 25 Elisabeth van Nassau, daughter of Willem & Juliana van Stolberg, born in Dillenburg (d. 1603)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 16 Diego de Almagro, Spanish captain-general of Peru, beheaded
  • Sep 21 Juan Boscán Almogáver, Spanish poet