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1524 in History

Events in History

DiscoveryVoyage of Discovery

Jan 17 Beginning of Giovanni da Verrazzano's voyage to find a passage to China

  • Mar 19 Giovanni de Varrazano, a Florentine explorer in the service of King Francis I of France, lands around area of Carolinas
  • Apr 17 Giovanni Verrazano, a Florentine navigator, discovers New York Bay
  • Apr 19 Pope Clemens VII fires Neth inquisitor-general French Van de Holly
  • Apr 24 Duke of Bourbon drives Admiral Bonnivet out of Milan
  • May 20 Duke of Albany leaves Scotland
  • Jun 28 Duke of Bourbon occupies Province
  • Jul 15 Emperor Charles I bans German national synode
  • Jul 19 Peasants' War begins in Germany's Black Forest
  • Jul 26 James V declared fit to govern by the Scottish Parliament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 19 Emperor Charles V's troops besiege Marseille, France

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
  • Oct 26 Spanish troops give Milan to France

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

Nov 14 Francisco Pizarro begins his 1st great expedition, near Colombia

Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro
Spanish Conquistador
Francisco Pizarro
  • Dec 12 Pope Clement VII approves Organization of Jewish Community of Rome

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 4 Luis de Camões, Portuguese poet (d. 1580)
  • Feb 10 Albrecht Giese, German politician and diplomat (d. 1580)
  • Feb 15 Charles de Guise, archbishop/cardinal of Reims

Person of interestSelim II

May 28 Selim II "the blonde", 11th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1566-74, born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1574)

Ottoman Sultan Selim II
Ottoman Sultan
Selim II
  • Aug 23 Francois Hotman/Hotomanus, French lawyer and diplomat (Anti-Tribonien), born in Paris (d. 1590)
  • Sep 7 Thomas Erastus, Swiss physician and theologist, born in Baden, Switzerland (d. 1583)

Weddings in History

  • Jun 27 Earl Henry III of Nassau weds Mencia de Medoza, 16-years old marquess

Deaths in History

  • Jan 5 Marko Marulic/Marulus/Splichanin/Pechinich, Croatian poet, dies at 73
  • Feb 20 Tecún Umán, last leader of the Quiché-Maya
  • Apr 7 Philip of Burgundy, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • Apr 30 Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard, French soldier (b. 1473)
  • May 21 Thomas Howard 2nd duke of Norfolk, general/premier, dies at about 80
  • May 23 Ismail I, Shah of Persia, converted Iran from Sunni to Shi'ah, dies at 36
  • Jul 20 Claude of France, Duchess of Brittany and wife of Francis I of France, dies at 24
  • Sep 18 Charlotte of Valois, Princess of France as second daughter of King Francis I and his wife Claude, dies at 7
  • Oct 15 Joachim Patinir, Flemish landscape painter, dies at about 45
  • Dec 10 Henry van Zutphen, Dutch Augustine/Luthern minister, burned to death
  • Dec 11 Henry Van Zutphen, Dutch protestant martyr, burned at stake
  • Dec 20 Thomas Linacre, English scholar and physician

Person of interestVasco da Gama

Dec 24 Vasco da Gama, Portuguese explorer and viceroy of Cochin, dies at about 55

Explorer Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama