On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1542

  • Jan 10 Gerardus Noviomagus [Gerrit Geldenhauer], Dutch theologist, die at 59
  • 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

Person of interestHernando de Soto

May 21 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
  • Jun 19 Leo Jud[ae], Swiss pastor/church reformer
  • Aug 24 Gasparo Contarini, Italian diplomat and cardinal (b. 1483)
  • Aug 29 Cristovão da Gama, Portuguese soldier (born c. 1516)
  • Sep 16 Diego de Almagro, Spanish captain-general of Peru, beheaded
  • Sep 21 Juan Boscán Almogáver, Spanish poet
  • Oct 6 Thomas Wyatt, English poet (b. 1503)
  • Oct 27 Abraham ben Avigdor, rabbi/author (commentary on Tur), dies
  • Dec 14 James V, King of Scotland (1513-42), dies at 30
  • Dec 28 Albert Pigge [Pighius], Dutch theologist/astronomer, dies at about 52