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Birthdays in History in 1491

Person of interestHenry VIII

Jun 28 Henry VIII, King of England (1509-47) who separated the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, born in London (d. 1547)

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • Oct 26 Zhengde, 10th Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, born in Beijing (d. 1521)
  • Nov 8 Teofilo Folengo, Italian macaronic poet, born in Mantua, Italy (d. 1544)
  • Dec 24 Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish founder of the Jesuit order, born in Azpeitia, Spain (d. 1556)

Person of interestJacques Cartier

Dec 31 Jacques Cartier, French explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France, born in St. Malo, Brittany (d. 1557)

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier