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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1540 AD

January

January 6: King Henry VIII of England married his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves

February

February 9: The 1st recorded race meet in England (Roodee Fields, Chester)
February 14: Emperor Charles V enters Ghent without resistance, executes rebels
February 25: Francisco V squez de Coronado searches for 7 cities of Cibola Mexico

March

March 4: Protestant count Philip of Hessen marries 2nd wife
March 19: Court of Holland names Amsterdam sheriff John Hubrechtsz a "heretic"

April

April 29: Emperor Charles declares all privileges of Gent ended

May

May 4: Venice and Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople

June

June 3: Hernando de Soto crosses Appalachian Mountain, 1st European to do so
June 10: Thomas Cromwell arrested in Westminister
June 24: Henry VIII divorces his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves
June 29: English ex chancellor Thomas Cromwell sentenced as heretic

July

July 9: England's King Henry VIII 6-mo marriage to Anne of Cleves annulled
July 23: Turkey recognizes Janos Sigismund Zapolyai as vassal-king of Hungary
July 28: English King Henry VIII marries Catharine Howard, his 5th wife

August

August 25: Explorer Hernando de Alarcon travels up Colorado River
August 29: Emperor Karel deprives city Gent definitive rights/privileges

September

September 27: Pope Paul III recognizes Society of Jesus/Order of the Jesuits
September 27: Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by Ignatius Loyola

October

October 2: Venice/Turkey signs peace
October 11: Emperor Karel names his son Philip, duke of Milan
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