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Year 1540 in History

Events in History

Historical Figures Born in 1540

  • Jan 25 Edmund Campion, English Catholic Jesuit priest & martyr, born in London, England (d. 1581)
  • Jan 28 Ludolph van Ceulen, German mathematician (d. 1610)
  • May 9 Maharana Pratap, Rajput king of Mewar (1572-1597), born in Kumbhargal Fort, Mewar (d. 1597)
  • Jun 3 Charles II Archduke of Austria, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1590)
  • Jun 11 Barnabe Googe, English poet, born in Alvingham, Lincolnshire (d. 1594)

More Birthdays in History

Historical Marriages

  • Mar 4 German Protestant Count Philip of Hessen bigamously marries 2nd wife Margarethe von der Saale, causing a scandal
  • Jul 28 English King Henry VIII (49) marries Catherine Howard (16 or 17), his 5th wife

Historical Divorces

  • Jul 9 English King Henry VIII annuls his 6 month marriage to his 4th wife Anne of Cleves, on the grounds of non-consummation and her pre-contract to Francis of Lorraine