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16th Century Events

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Year
Event
Answer
1501
Michelangelo begins work on this statue
David
1502
The first transatlantic African slaves are brought to this island in the Americas
Hispaniola
1503
Margaret Tudor is wed to this king
James IV
1504
Christopher Columbus awes the natives of Jamaica by predicting this phenomenon
Eclipse
1505
Juan de Bermudez discovers this uninhabited island
Bermuda
1506
Leonardo da Vinci completes this painting, his masterpiece
Mona Lisa
1507
The first recorded epidemic of this disease in the New World
Smallpox
1508
This artist begins painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
Michelangelo
1509
Mathematician Luca Pacioli publishes his treatise on the ______ Ratio
Golden
1510
The first established global pandemic of this disease
Influenza
1511
The first publication of In Praise of Folly by this Dutch scholar
Erasmus
1512
Florence returns to the rule of this family
Medici
1513
This explorer leads the first European expedition to Florida
Juan Ponce de Leon
1514
This adviser to Henry VIII is appointed Archbishop of York
Thomas Wolsey
1515
This pioneering German physician graduates from the University of Ferrara
Paracelsus
1516
The death of this enigmatic Dutch artist, painter of The Garden of Earthly Delights
Hieronymus Bosch
1517
This German professor nails his Ninety-Five Theses to a church door
Martin Luther
1518
Strasbourg sees an outbreak of _______ mania
Dancing
1519
This Spanish conquistador marches into the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan
Hernan Cortes
1520
This Italian artist dies aged 37, supposedly from sexually-induced exhaustion
Raphael
1521
This Portuguese explorer is killed in the Philippines
Ferdinand Magellan
1522
Ottoman forces expel the Knights Hospitallers from this island
Rhodes
1523
Sweden establishes its full independence from this kingdom
Denmark
1524
This Italian explorer becomes the first European to sight Manhattan
Giovanni da Verrazzano
1525
Laypeople baptise each other in Zurich, marking the beginning of this Christian sect
Anabaptism
1526
The First Battle of Panipat marks the rise of the ________ Empire in India
Mughal
1527
The Sack of _____
Rome
1528
The coronation of this king, the 'Father of Sweden'
Gustav I
1529
The Treaty of __________ divides the world into Spanish and Portuguese spheres
Zaragoza
1530
This founder of the Mughal Empire dies in Agra
Babur
1531
Construction begins on this Tudor palace in Surrey
Nonsuch Palace
1532
The posthumous publication of The Prince by this Italian diplomat
Niccolo Machiavelli
1533
The Pope excommunicates this monarch
Henry VIII
1534
This Catholic adviser to Henry VIII is imprisoned in the Tower of London
Sir Thomas More
1535
This Breton captain becomes the first European to sail up the St Lawrence River
Jacques Cartier
1536
This wife of Henry VIII is executed for alleged adultery
Anne Boleyn
1537
This Florentine ruler is assassinated
Alessandro de' Medici
1538
Expelled from Geneva, this French Protestant Reformer travels to Strasbourg
John Calvin
1539
An expedition by Hernando de Soto to Florida introduces this animal to North America
Pig
1540
This church is the last to be closed under Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries
Waltham Abbey
1541
This conquistadore is assassinated in his palace in Lima
Francisco Pizarro
1542
Blown off course by a storm, a Portuguese ship makes the first European contact with this Asian country
Japan
1543
This astronomer publishes his theory that the earth revolves around the sun
Copernicus
1544
The first written record of this New World fruit in Europe
Tomato
1545
An attempted French invasion of this English island is repulsed
Isle of Wight
1546
This influential astronomer is born to Danish nobility
Tycho Brahe
1547
This nine-year-old ascends to the English throne after the death of Henry VIII
Edward IV
1548
The foundation of this city in the Andes
La Paz
1549
This Catholic missionary arrives in Japan
Francis Xavier
1550
Pope Julius III permits the expansion of this evangelical order
Jesuits
1551
The final outbreak of this now-vanished disease in England
Sweating sickness
1552
The Siege of _____ by Ottoman troops in Hungary
Eger
1553
This woman rules as Queen of England for just nine days
Lady Jane Grey
1554
This English landowner launches a rebellion against Queen Mary
Sir Thomas Wyatt
1555
This French astrologer publishes a book of predictions about the future
Nostradamus
1556
The deadliest earthquake in recorded history occurs in this country
China
1557
The Chinese government leases this peninsula to Portugal
Macau
1558
This female monarch ascends to the throne aged just 25
Elizabeth I
1559
This theologian returns from exile to begin the Protestant Reformation in Scotland
John Knox
1560
This 16-year-old monarch dies of an infection after less than two years on the throne
Francis II
1561
The completion of this Moscow landmark
St Basil's Cathedral
1562
Huguenots are massacred in France, sparking the First War of ________
Religion
1563
A quarter of London's population perishes in an outbreak of this medieval disease
Bubonic plague
1564
First record of this phenomenon in which rats are gathered together by their tails
Rat king
1565
This artist completes the painting The Hunters in the Snow
Bruegel the Elder
1566
Violent Calvinist protests in the Low Countries lead to the _______ _____ War
Eighty Years'
1567
His insanity worsening, King Eric XIV personally murders members of this family
Sture
1568
This deposed queen flees Scotland for England
Mary
1569
The first publication of this style of world map
Mercator projection
1570
This Scottish regent becomes the first person to be assassinated with a firearm
James Stewart
1571
The Ottoman fleet is defeated by a Christian coalition in the Battle of _______
Lepanto
1572
This new object appears in the sky
Supernova
1573
The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth grants its citizens freedom of ________
Religion
1574
The first public garden in Europe, La Alameda, opens in this city
Seville
1575
Seven of the Twenty-Four Generals of Takeda Shingen die in this battle
Nagashino
1576
This epidemic causes millions of deaths in New Spain
Cocoliztli
1577
This explorer departs England on a circumnavigation of the globe
Sir Francis Drake
1578
This explorer returns from Arctic Canada with a cargo of fool's gold
Martin Frobisher
1579
The Treaty of _______ marks the foundation of the Dutch Republic
Utrecht
1580
Portugal and Spain enter a dynastic union under this monarch
Philip
1581
In a fit of rage, this monarch kills his own son and heir
Ivan IV
1582
The Catholic Church issues this new form of calendar
Gregorian
1583
Sir Humphrey Gilbert claims this island, already privately colonised, for England
Newfoundland
1584
This weak-willed monarch ascends to the Russian throne
Feodor I
1585
This besieged Flemish city falls to Spanish forces
Antwerp
1586
Execution of conspirators in the ________ Plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth
Babington
1587
A colony is established on this American island, but will soon mysteriously vanish
Roanoke
1588
The _______ _______ is defeated in the English Channel
Spanish Armada
1589
The death of Henry III draws the War of Three ______ to a conclusion in France
Henrys
1590
This pope dies of malaria after just 12 days, the shortest papacy in history
Urban VII
1591
This bridge is completed across the Grand Canal in Venice
Rialto
1592
The foundation of this college in Ireland
Trinity College
1593
The death of this Italian painter, known for his compositions of fruits and other objects to resemble human portraits
Giuseppe Arcimboldo
1594
The architect Domenico Fontana uncovers the ruins of this lost Roman city
Pompeii
1595
Sir Walter Raleigh sails up the Orinoco in search of this fabled city of gold
El Dorado
1596
Sir John Harington installs in his manor a forerunner to this modern household device
Flush toilet
1597
Twenty-six Japanese Catholics are executed in Nagasaki by this method
Crucifixion
1598
A succession crisis sparks the 'Time of Troubles' in this country
Russia
1599
This theatre is opened on the south bank of the Thames
Globe Theatre
1600
This company receives a royal charter from Elizabeth I
East India Company
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