Events in year of 1539

  • 02-01Emperor Karel and King Francois I sign anti-English treaty
  • 02-15Emperor Charles receives Cardinal Pole in Toledo
  • 02-19Jews of Tyrnau Hungary (then Trnava Czech), expelled
  • 04-19Charles, protestant German monarch, signs Treaty of Frankrfurt
  • 05-28Hernando de Soto lands in Florida
  • 05-30Spanish explorer Fernando de Soto discovers Florida
  • 06-03Hernando De Soto claims Florida for Spain
  • 10-04King Henry VIII and Anna of Kleef marry
  • 12-29St. Jacobs Church burns after being hit by lightning

People born in year of 1539

  • 02-27Franciscus Raphelengius: Dutch book publisher
  • 04-17Tobias Stimmer: Switzerland -- Painter / cartoonist (Comedia)
  • 06-13Jost / Jobst / Jodocus Amman: Switzerland -- Cartoonist / graphic artist / illustrator
  • 12-20Paul Melissus [Paul Schede]: German poet / composer

People died in year of 1539

  • 07-05Antonio M Zaccaria: Italian Physician / saint
  • 07-25Lorenzo Campeggieast: Archbishop of Bologna / diplomat, dies at 65
  • 08-28Lieven Pain: Flemish, beheaded at about 75
  • 10-15Reynier Brunt: Procureur-General of Court of Holland

Events in year of 1540

  • 01-06King Henry VIII of England married his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves
  • 02-09The 1st recorded race meet in England (Roodee Fields, Chester)
  • 02-14Emperor Charles V enters Ghent without resistance, executes rebels
  • 03-04Protestant count Philip of Hessen marries 2nd wife
  • 03-19Court of Holland names Amsterdam sheriff John Hubrechtsz a "heretic"
  • 04-29Emperor Charles declares all privileges of Gent ended
  • 05-04Venice and Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople
  • 06-03Hernando de Soto crosses Appalachian Mountain, 1st European to do so
  • 06-10Thomas Cromwell arrested in Westminister
  • 06-24Henry VIII divorces his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves
  • 06-29English ex chancellor Thomas Cromwell sentenced as heretic
  • 07-28English King Henry VIII marries Catharine Howard, his 5th wife
  • 08-25Explorer Hernando de Alarcon travels up Colorado River
  • 08-29Emperor Karel deprives city Gent definitive rights / privileges
  • 09-27Pope Paul III recognizes Society of Jesus / Order of the Jesuits
  • 09-27Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by Ignatius Loyola
  • 10-02Venice / Turkey signs peace
  • 10-11Emperor Karel names his son Philip, Duke of Milan

People born in year of 1540

  • 01-25Edmund Campion: London, England -- Saint / Jesuit martyr (Decem Rationes)
  • 06-23Johann Baptista Serranus: Composer
  • 07-11Adolf van Nassau: German Son of Willem the Rich / Juliana of Stolberg
  • 08-05Joseph Justice Scaliger: Proposed Julian dating
  • 12-31Silvio Antoniano: Italian Cardinal / theologist (Tre libri)

People died in year of 1540

  • 01-27Angela Merici: Italian Monk / monastery
  • 02-02George Schenck van Toutenburg: Gov / Viceroy of Frisia / Groningen
  • 05-06Jean Luis Vives: Spanish theory / humanist / reformer, dies at 48
  • 05-22Francesco Guicciardini: Italian Historian / President of Romagna, dies at 57
  • 07-11Jan Szapolyai: Anti-king of Hungarian
  • 10-04Helius Eobanus Hessus: German humanist / Poet (Silvae)