Events in year of 1520

  • 01-18Christian II of Denmark and Norway defeats Swedes at Lake Asunde
  • 06-06France and England sign treaty of Scotland
  • 06-30Spanish conquerors under Cortes take gold from Aztecs
  • 07-10King Charles V and King Henry VIII signs treaty of Calais
  • 10-071st public burning of books in the Netherlands, in Louvain
  • 10-15King Henry VIII of England orders bowling lanes at Whitehall
  • 10-21Ferdinand Magellen arrives at Tierra Del Fuego (Pacific Ocean)
  • 10-23King Carlos I crowned, German Emperor Charles V
  • 11-04Danish / Norwegian King Christian II crowned King of Sweden
  • 11-09Swedish King Christian II executes 600 nobles
  • 11-20Friesland hit by heavy hail storm
  • 11-28Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing Pacific Ocean
  • 12-10Martin Luther publicly burned papal edict demands he recant

People born in year of 1520

  • 01-01Franciscus Balduinus [Francois Baudouin]: Lawyer
  • 08-01Sigismund II Augustus: King of Poland (1548-72)
  • 09-13William Cecil 1st Baron Burghley: English Premier

People died in year of 1520

  • 04-06Raphael [Sanzio]: Artist (Sistine Madonna), dies on his 37th birthday
  • 06-30Montezuma II [the Last Aztec Emperor]: Killed
  • 09-22Selim I: Captured Baghdad / Sultan of Turkey (1512-20), dies at 53
  • 10-28Great Worm: Fries Boer / rebel leader

Events in year of 1521

  • 01-03Martin Luther excommunicated by Roman Catholic Church
  • 03-06Magellan discovers Guam
  • 03-16Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches Philippines
  • 03-17Ferdinand Magellan discovers the Philippines
  • 03-17Magelhaes lands on Homohon
  • 03-31Magelhaes takes possession of Homohon, Archipelago of St. Lazarus
  • 04-07Inquisitor-General Adrian Boeyens bans Lutheran books
  • 04-16Martin Luther arrives at Diet of Worms
  • 04-17Martin Luther is excommunicated from Roman Catholic Church
  • 04-18Parliament of Worms: Cardinal Alexander questions Maarten Luther
  • 04-21Battle at Villalar: Emperor Charles I beats Communards
  • 04-22French King Francois I declares war on Spain
  • 04-28Treaty of Worms: Emperor Charles names his brother Ferdinand Archduke of Neth-Austria
  • 05-08Parliament of Worms installs edict against Marten Luther
  • 05-20Ignatius Loyola seriously wounded by a cannon ball
  • 05-26Edict of Worms outlaws Martin Luther and his followers
  • 05-28Pope Leo X signs treaty with German Emperor Charles V
  • 07-25About 300 heretics burned in Vrijdagmarkt Gent
  • 08-13Spanish conquerors Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) from Aztecs
  • 09-29Turkish troops occupy Belgrade
  • 10-11Pope Leo X titles King Henry VIII of England "Defender of the Faith"
  • 10-25Emperor Charles V bans wooden buildings in Amsterdam
  • 11-20Arabs attribute shortage of water in Jerusalem to Jews making wine
  • 12-27"Zwickauer profeten" appear in Wittenberg

People born in year of 1521

  • 03-21Mauritius: Duke / nice Monarch of Saksen (1547-53)
  • 04-18Francois de Coligny: Ruler of van Andelot, French General (Jarnac)
  • 05-08Peter Canisius [Pieter de Hondt / Kanijs]: Jesuit / Saint
  • 08-19Lodovico Guicciardini: Italian historian (Descrittione di Tutti)
  • 12-13Sixtus V [Felice Peretti / "Montalto"]: Bishop of Fermo / Pope (1585-90)

People died in year of 1521

  • 04-27Ferdinand Magellan: World traveler, killed by Filipino natives at 50
  • 05-28Willem van Croij: Duke of Soria, dies at about 62
  • 08-27Josquin Des Prez: Composer
  • 10-24Robert Fayrfax: Composer, dies at 57
  • 12-13Manoel I "the Great": King of Portugal (1495-1521), dies at 52