1540 1541 1542 1543 1544
1520s 1530s - 1540s - 1550s 1560s
The 1540s decade ran from January 1, 1540, to December 31, 1549.
Events and trends
- 1541 - Hernando de Soto was the first known European to see the Mississippi River.
- 1542 - The first known contact occurred between Japan and the West occurred, with Portuguese being the first Westerners to contact the Japanese.
- 1542 - St. John of the Cross was born.
- 1542 - Mary Queen of Scots is born.
- 1543 - The invasion of Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi was defeated and thus halted by a joint Ethiopia–Portuguese force.
- 1547 - Miguel de Cervantes (Alcalá de Henares), author of Don Quixote, was born on September 29th in Spain.
- 1549 - Francis Xavier was the first Christian Missionary to visit Japan. 
- Roberts, J: "History of the World.". Penguin, 1994.