Historical Events for Year 1542
Events 1 - 15 of 15
Jan 21st - Parliament passes bill of attainder against Queen Katherine Howard
Feb 2nd - Portuguese under Christovão da Gama capture a Moslem-occupied hillfort in northern Ethiopia in the Battle of Baçente.
May 6th - Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
Jun 27th - Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain
Jul 12th - French troops under Maarten van Rossem occupies Flanders
Jul 21st - Pope Paul III begins inquisition against Protestants (Sactum Officium)
Aug 2nd - French troops leave Flanders
Aug 23rd - Rabbi Joseph Caro completes his commentary of Tur Code
Aug 24th - Conquistador Francisco de Orellana returns to Spain
Aug 28th - Turkish-Portuguese War (1538-1557) - Battle of Wofla: the Portuguese are scattered, their leader Christovão da Gama is captured and afterwards executed.
Sep 28th - Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay
Oct 7th - Explorer Cabrillo discovered Catalina Island off California coast
Nov 22nd - Spain delegates "New Laws" against slavery in America
Nov 24th - Battle of Solway Moss: English beat Scottish King James V
Queen of Scotland Mary Stuart Dec 14th - Princess Mary Stuart succeeds her father James V and becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at 6 days old