1540 in History
January 6 King Henry VIII of England married his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves
February 9 The 1st recorded race meet in England (Roodee Fields, Chester)
February 14 Emperor Charles V enters Ghent without resistance, executes rebels
February 25 Francisco V squez de Coronado searches for 7 cities of Cibola Mexico
March 4 Protestant count Philip of Hessen marries 2nd wife
March 19 Court of Holland names Amsterdam sheriff John Hubrechtsz a "heretic"
April 29 Emperor Charles declares all privileges of Gent ended
May 4 Venice and Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople
June 3 Hernando de Soto crosses Appalachian Mountain, 1st European to do so
June 10 Thomas Cromwell arrested in Westminister
June 24 Henry VIII divorces his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves
June 29 English ex chancellor Thomas Cromwell sentenced as heretic
July 9 England's King Henry VIII 6-mo marriage to Anne of Cleves annulled
July 23 Turkey recognizes Janos Sigismund Zapolyai as vassal-king of Hungary
July 28 English King Henry VIII marries Catharine Howard, his 5th wife
August 25 Explorer Hernando de Alarcon travels up Colorado River
August 29 Emperor Karel deprives city Gent definitive rights/privileges
September 27 Pope Paul III recognizes Society of Jesus/Order of the Jesuits
September 27 Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by Ignatius Loyola
October 2 Venice/Turkey signs peace
October 11 Emperor Karel names his son Philip, duke of Milan