1542 in History – What happened in year 1542

✅ Published on March 22nd, 2009 in 16th Century in History

In history, year 1542 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1542.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1542 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
13 februaryCatherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII of England, was executed for adultery.
19 marchThe Prome Kingdom, in present-day central Burma, was conquered by the Taungoo Dynasty.
19 mayThe Prome Kingdom, in present-day central Burma, was conqueredby the Taungoo Dynasty.
28 septemberPortuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, the firstEuropean to travel along the coast of California, landed at what is nowthe city of San Diego.
07 octoberSpanish explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo became the firstEuropean to set foot on Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of California.
24 novemberAnglo-Scottish Wars-England captured about 1,200 Scottishprisoners with its victory in the Battle of Solway Moss.
15 OctoberMughal Emperor Akbar was born. His full name was Abul Fatah Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar.
13 FebruaryQueen Catherine of England was given the death penalty.


Famous birthdays in the year 1542:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 OctoberÁlvaro de Mendaña de Neira / Explorer / Spain
04 OctoberRobert Bellarmine / Cardinal / Italy
04 MayThomas Cecil / Politician / United Kingdom
05 MayThomas Cecil / Politician / United Kingdom
15 JuneRichard Grenville / Captain / United Kingdom
19 March Jan Zamoyski / Nobleman / Poland
21 DecemberThomas Allen / Mathematician / United Kingdom
24 JuneJohn of the Cross / Mystic / Spain
31 AugustIsabella de' Medici / Princess / Italy

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1542:

YearName / Profession / Country
15 OctoberAkbar / Ruler / India

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