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)

Events in year of 1541

  • 03-18Hernan de Soto observes 1st recorded flood in America (Mississippi River)
  • 04-04Ignatius of Loyola becomes 1st superior-general of Jesuits
  • 05-08Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River
  • 06-18Irish parliament selects Henry VIII as King of Ireland
  • 08-26Turkish Sultan Suleiman occupies Buda / annexes Hungary
  • 11-09Queen Catharine Howard confined in London Tower
  • 12-29Isabella of Poland and King Ferdinand of Austria sign Treaty of Gyalu

People born in year of 1541

  • 10-31Hendrik van Kinschot: Dutch lawyer
  • 11-09Menso Alting: Dutch reformed vicar / theologist

People died in year of 1541

  • 01-06Bernard van Orley: Flemish royal Painter of Hungary, dies at about 52
  • 05-27Margaretha: Duchess of Salisbury, beheaded
  • 07-04Pedro de Alvarado: Spanish occupier, dies at about 56
  • 09-23Philippus A Paracelsus: Swiss Physician / alchemist, dies at 47
  • 12-24Andreas R Bodenstein von Carlstadt: Radical Lutheran, dies at about 61