1542 in History
January 21 Parliament passes bill of attainder against Queen Katherine Howard
June 27 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain
July 12 French troops under Maarten van Rossem occupies Flanders
July 21 Pope Paul III begins inquisition against Protestants (Sactum Officium)
August 2 French troops leave Flanders
August 23 Rabbi Joseph Caro completes his commentary of Tur Code
August 24 Conquistador Francisco de Orellana returns to Spain
September 28 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay
October 7 Explorer Cabrillo discovered Catalina Island off California coast
November 22 Spain delegates "New Laws" against slavery in America
November 24 Battle at Solway Moss: English beat Scottish King James