Year 1523 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 20 Christian II is forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway
  • Jan 29 Sermon of Constanz: Zwingli defends 67 Schlussreden
  • May 1 Danish King Christian III arrives in Veere
  • Jun 6 Gustav Vasa is elected King of Sweden, marking the end of the Kalmar Union
  • Jun 12 Frisian rebel leader Jancko Douwama arrested
  • Sep 19 Emperor Charles I & England sign anti-French covenant
  • Oct 27 English troops occupy Montalidier, France
  • Nov 19 Giulio de' Medici chosen as Pope Clemens VII
  • Nov 30 Amsterdam bans assembly of heretics

Historical Figures Born in 1523

  • Feb 20 Jan Blahoslav, Czech humanist/bishop (Bohemian brothers)
  • Apr 5 Blaise de Vigenère, French cryptographer, born in Saint-Pourçain, France (d. 1596)
  • Jun 5 Margaret of France, Duchess of Berry, born in Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1573)
  • Sep 11 Pierre de Ronsard, French poet, born in Couture-sur-Loir, Vendômois (d. 1585)
  • Sep 22 Charles de Bourbon, French cardinal, born in La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, France (d. 1590)

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Historical Figures Who Died in 1523

  • May 7 Franz von Sickingen, German knight/protect of poor, dies of wounds at 42
  • May 23 Ashikaga Yoshitane, 10th Japanese shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate, dies at 56
  • Jul 1 Hendrik Voes, Flemish priest and church reformer, burned at the stake
  • Jul 1 John of Esschen, Flemish priest and church reformer, burned at the stake
  • Aug 13 Gerard David, Flemish painter

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