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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1542 AD

January

January 21: Parliament passes bill of attainder against Queen Katherine Howard

June

June 27: Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain

July

July 12: French troops under Maarten van Rossem occupies Flanders
July 21: Pope Paul III begins inquisition against Protestants (Sactum Officium)

August

August 2: French troops leave Flanders
August 23: Rabbi Joseph Caro completes his commentary of Tur Code
August 24: Conquistador Francisco de Orellana returns to Spain

September

September 28: Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay

October

October 7: Explorer Cabrillo discovered Catalina Island off California coast

November

November 22: Spain delegates "New Laws" against slavery in America
November 24: Battle at Solway Moss: English beat Scottish King James
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