What Happened In History Year 1540

Historical Events for the Year 1540

  • 6th January » King Henry VIII of England marries Anne of Cleves.
  • 23rd March » Waltham Abbey Church known as Waltham Abbey is surrendered to King Henry VIII of England; the last religious community to be closed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
  • 9th July » King Henry VIII of England annuls his marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.
  • 28th July » Thomas Cromwell is executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of treason. Henry marries his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, on the same day.
  • 15th August » Arequipa, Peru, is founded.
  • 27th September » The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) receives its charter from Pope Paul III.

Famous Birthdays in 1540

  • 24th January » Edmund Campion, English priest and martyr (d. 1581)
  • 28th January » Ludolph van Ceulen, German-Dutch mathematician (d. 1610)
  • 9th May » Maharana Pratap, Indian ruler (d. 1597)
  • 3rd June » Charles II, Archduke of Austria (d. 1590)
  • 11th June » Barnabe Googe, English poet (d. 1594)
  • 5th August » Joseph Justus Scaliger, French philologist and historian (d. 1609)
  • 5th September » Magnus, Duke of Holstein (d. 1583)
  • 1st October » Johann Jakob Grynaeus, Swiss clergyman and theologian (d. 1617)

Famous Deaths in History for 1540

  • 27th January » Angela Merici, Italian religious leader and saint (b. 1474)
  • 30th March » Matthäus Lang von Wellenburg, German cardinal (b. 1469)
  • 22nd May » Francesco Guicciardini, Italian historian and politician (b. 1483)
  • 22nd July » John Zápolya, Hungarian king (b. 1487)
  • 28th July » Thomas Cromwell, English lawyer and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1495)
  • 30th July » Thomas Abel, English priest and martyr (b. 1497)
  • 30th July » Robert Barnes (martyr) called Robert Barnes, English martyr and reformer (b. 1495)
  • 23rd August » Guillaume Budé, French philosopher and scholar (b. 1467)
  • 24th August » Parmigianino, Italian painter (b. 1503)
  • 2nd September » Dawit II of Ethiopia (b. 1501)
  • 5th October » Helius Eobanus Hessus, German poet (b. 1488)

Historical events for the year 1540 by month