On This Day

What Happened on January 3, 1543

Famous Deaths


Person of interestJuan Rodríguez Cabrillo

Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, Portuguese-Spanish conquistador who conquered Central America and later discovered California, dies of gangrene at around 43

Conquistador and Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
Conquistador and Explorer
Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo

1543 Highlights

About January 3, 1543

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 478 years and 22 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Capricorn