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Anna of Kleve
Anna von Kleve becomes the fourth wife of Henry VIII of England for six months .
Gonzalo Pizarro
Gonzalo Pizarro
leads the Zimtland expedition
into the interior of South America .
Holy Angela
Angela Merici , founder of the Ursulines , dies.
1540 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 988/989 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1532/33
Buddhist calendar 2083/84 (southern Buddhism); 2082/83 (alternative calculation according to Buddhas Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 70th (71st) cycle

Year of the Metal Rat庚子 ( at the beginning of the Earth Pig year 己亥)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 902/903 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 3873/74 (October 2/3)
Iranian calendar 918/919
Islamic calendar 946/947 (turn of the year 7/8 May)
Jewish calendar 5300/01 (September 1st / 2nd)
Coptic calendar 1256/57
Malayalam calendar 715/716
Seleucid era Babylon: 1850/51 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 1851/52 (turn of the year October)

Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1596/97 (turn of the year April)


Politics and world events


presumably Catherine Howard, miniature portrait by Hans Holbein

Holy Roman Empire



New Spain and the Francisco Coronados Expedition
The expedition of Vásquez de Coronado
Lienzo de Tlaxcala, Battle of Xochipilla in the Mixtón War
The Hernando de Sotos expedition
Viceroyalty of Peru and the Gonzalo Pizarros expedition

science and technology

Front page of the Narratio Prima


Visual arts

Madonna with St. Stephen and John the Baptist
  • Parmigianino completes his last picture: Madonna with the child, Saint Stephen, Saint John the Baptist and the founder .
  • The first carpet of the Ardabil carpet pair is completed in Tabriz and is still considered the oldest dated Persian carpet in the world.





  • In Central Europe , the year with the drought in Central Europe in 1540 was one of the warmest and driest years of the millennium; it will go down in history as the year of what may be the most catastrophic drought of the millennium. Between March and September it hardly rains, wells and springs fall dry, cattle are slaughtered, and countless people die while working in the fields. The Rhine can be crossed on foot near Basel and Cologne.

In Germany alone there are 33 city fires (e.g. city ​​fire of Einbeck ( Principality of Grubenhagen ), Freudenberg (Siegerland) , Wangen im Allgäu ); many of them are considered anti-Protestant arson.

Historical maps and views

Middle East 1540


Date of birth saved

Exact date of birth unknown

Born around 1540


Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex

Web links

Commons : 1540  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. The fear of the millennium summer ; Europe's devastating millennium drought