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Events in 1521
|16 March:|| ||Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, sailing for Spain, arrives in the Philippines during the first circumnavigation of the globe, landing on the uninhabited island of Homonhon.|
|31 March:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated on Easter Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox since the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|2 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|20 April:|| ||Zhengde, tenth Ming emperor of China since 1505, dies without heir at age 29 after allowing the Portuguese to set up the first European embassy in May 1520.|
|27 April:|| ||Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese-born Spanish captain of the first global circumnavigation voyage, is killed in battle by locals on the island of Mactan in the Philippines, aged 40 or 41.|
|19 May:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|25 May:|| ||Charles V issues the Edict of Worms, outlawing Martin Luther.|
|8 July:|| ||Jorge Álvares, Portuguese explorer, the first to land in China in 1513, dies in unknown circumstances.|
|13 July:|| ||Juan Ponce de León, Spanish explorer who came up with name of Florida, first governor of Puerto Rico, dies in Havana, Cuba at age 47 or 61.|
|5 Augustus:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 927 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|13 Augustus:|| ||Cuauhtémoc, Aztec king of Tenochtitlan since October 1520, surrenders to the Spanish after eighty days of continuous urban warfare, offering his knife to Hernán Cortés with the request to be killed.|
|4 September:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|21 September:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|6 November:|| ||Basque Spaniard navigator Juan Sebastián Elcano, in command of the Spanish expedition to the Spice Islands since the death of first commander Ferdinand Magellan in April, arrives at his destination.|
|8 November:|| ||Spanish explorer Juan Sebastián Elcano meets the sultan of Tidore to strike the first deal in the spice trade, the trade which would drive the world economy out of the Middle Ages into modern times.|
|11 November:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|1 December:|| ||Takeda Shingen, Japanese warlord, is born in Kai Province.|
|21 December:|| ||Spanish navigator Juan Sebastián Elcano, having reached South East Asia via the Pacific Ocean under Ferdinand Magellan and taken over command after his death in the Philippines, sets sail to return home from the Spice Islands with two ships laden with spices, deciding to continue west via the Indian Ocean and to make the first circumnavigation of the globe.|
People in 1521
Vasco da Gama, Cuauhtémoc, Clement VII, Pope Adrian VI, Desiderius Erasmus, Nicolò Machiavelli, Albrecht Dürer, Nicolaus Copernicus, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Thomas More, Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli, Henry VIII, Melanchthon, Charles V, Nostradamus, Francis Xavier, Alva, Andrea Palladio, John Calvin, Giorgio Vasari, Gerardus Mercator, Vesalius, Mary I, Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, Tintoretto and Gaspard de Coligny celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 1521 was a common year starting on a Tuesday, just like 1426, 1437, 1443, 1454, 1465, 1471, 1482, 1493, 1499 and 1510 in the century before it and 1527, 1538, 1549, 1555, 1566, 1577, 1585, 1591, 1602, 1613 and 1619 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2013 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?1521 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 22 May 2013.