Historical Events in 1520

Event of Interest

Jan 18 Christian II of Denmark & Norway defeats Swedes at Lake Asunde

  • Jan 19 Battle of Bogesund: Christian II of Denmark defeats the Regent of Sweden, Sten Sture the Younger who is mortally wounded
  • Apr 13 Raphaels' final influential masterpiece "The Transfiguration" is put on display a week after the artist's death
  • Jun 6 France and England sign treaty of Scotland

Event of Interest

Jun 7 Field of the Cloth of Gold; meeting begins between English Henry VIII and King Francis I of France at Balinghem, France

Event of Interest

Jun 30 Spanish conquistadors are expelled from Tenochtitlan following an Aztec revolt against their rule under Hernán Cortés during "La Noche Triste" (the Night of Sadness). Many soldiers drown in the escape, and Aztec emperor Moctezuma II dies in the struggle

  • Jul 7 Battle of Otumba, Mexico: Hernán Cortés and the Tlaxcalans defeat a numerically superior Aztec force

Treaty of Interest

Jul 10 King Charles V France and King Henry VIII of England sign Treaty of Calais

Event of Interest

Sep 30 Suleiman the Magnificent succeeds his father Selam I as Ottoman Sultan (rules till 1566)

  • Oct 7 1st public burning of books in Netherlands, in Louvain
  • Oct 15 King Henry VIII of England orders bowling lanes at Whitehall

Event of Interest

Oct 21 Explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his fleet reach Cape Virgenes and become the first Europeans to sail into the Pacific Ocean

  • Oct 23 King Carlos I crowned German emperor Charles V
  • Nov 4 Danish Norwegian king Christian II crowned King of Sweden
  • Nov 8 Stockholm Bloodbath begins: A successful invasion of Sweden by Danish forces results in the execution of around 100 people.
  • Nov 9 Height of the Stockholm Bloodbath - King Christian II of Denmark, Norway and Sweden executes Swedish nobles
  • Nov 20 Friesland hit by heavy hail storm
  • Nov 28 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing the Pacific Ocean