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The 1520s decade ran from January 1, 1520, to December 31, 1529.
Events and trends
- Reformation; Bible translations of William Tyndale, Martin Luther and Huldrych Zwingli.
- The Aztec city of Tenochtitlán fell, and Mexico was conquered by the Spanish.
- 1520–66: The reign of Suleiman the Magnificent marked the zenith of the Ottoman Empire.
- 1521: Belgrade was captured by the Ottoman Empire.
- 1521: Pope Leo X excommunicated Martin Luther, and Emperor Charles V declared Luther an enemy of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.
- 1521: Henry VIII received the title Defender of the Faith.
- 1521: San Juan Bautista was founded in the isle of San Juan, north of Caparra. It became the capital city of Puerto Rico, San Juan.
- September 6, 1522: Ferdinand Magellan's crew finished circumnavigating the globe.
- 1523: Sweden gained independence from the Kalmar Union.
- 1523: Zwingli published Of Divine and Human Justice (German: Von gottlicher und menschlicher Gerechtigkeit) where he expounded his faith.
- 1524–25: Peasants' War in the Holy Roman Empire.
- 1526: The Mughal Empire, founded by Babur, ruled most of India until 1857.
- 1527: The Sack of Rome occurred; this would later be considered the end of the Italian Renaissance.
- 1529: The Siege of Vienna marked the Ottoman Empire's furthest advance into Europe.