1521 in history

1521 events chronologically

Jan 3 Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther in the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem
Jan 22 Emperor Charles V opens the Diet of Worms
Jan 28 The Diet of Worms begins, lasting until May 25
Mar 6 Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Guam
Apr 7 Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Cebu
Apr 16 Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther's first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire
Apr 17 Trial of Martin Luther over his teachings begins during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. Initially intimidated, he asks for time to reflect before answering and is given a stay of one day

Top 7 most famous people born in 1521

Mar 21 Maurice Elector of Saxony Duke and later Elector of Saxony. His clever manipulation of alliances and disputes gained the Albertine branch of the Wettin dynasty extensive lands and the electoral dignity
Apr 18 François de Coligny d'Andelot one of the leaders of French Protestantism during the French Wars of Religion. The son of Gaspard I de Coligny, he was the younger brother of Odet, cardinal de Châtillon and Gaspard de Coligny the admiral
May 8 Peter Canisius an important Jesuit Catholic priest who supported the Catholic faith during the Protestant Reformation in Germany, Austria, Bohemia, Moravia, and Switzerland. The restoration of the Catholic Church in Germany after the Protestant Reformation is largely attributed to the work there of the Society of Jesus, which he led. He is venerated in the Catholic Church as a saint and as a Doctor of the Church
Jun 18 Maria of Portugal Duchess of Viseu a Portuguese infanta daughter of King Manuel I and his wife Eleanor of Austria.
Jul 8 Jorge Álvares credited as the first European explorer to have reached China and Hong Kong by sea.
Aug 4 Pope Urban VII Pope from 15 to 27 September 1590. His thirteen-day papacy was the shortest in history
Dec 1 Takeda Shingen a pre-eminent daimyo in feudal Japan with exceptional military prestige in the late stage of the Sengoku period.

Top 7 most famous people died in 1521

Apr 20 Zhengde Emperor the Ming dynasty Emperor of China between 1505–1521. Born Zhu Houzhao, he was the Hongzhi Emperor's eldest son. His era name means "Right virtue" or "Rectification of virtue"
Apr 27 Ferdinand Magellan a Portuguese explorer who organised the Spanish expedition to the East Indies that resulted in the first circumnavigation of the Earth, completed by Juan Sebastián Elcano.
May 10 Sebastian Brant a German humanist and satirist. He is best known for his satire Das Narrenschiff
May 17 Edward Stafford 3rd Duke of Buckingham an English nobleman. He was the son of Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, and Katherine Woodville, whose sister, Queen Elizabeth Woodville, was the wife of King Edward He was convicted of treason, and executed on 17 May 1521
Aug 27 Josquin des Prez a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance. His original name is sometimes given as Josquin Lebloitte and his later name is given under a wide variety of spellings in French, Italian, and Latin, including Josquinus Pratensis and Jodocus a Prato. His motet Illibata Dei virgo nutrix includes an acrostic of his name, where he spelled it "Josquin des Prez". He was the most famous European composer between Guillaume Dufay and Palestrina, and is usually considered to be the central figure of the Franco-Flemish School. Josquin is widely considered by music scholars to be the first master of the high Renaissance style of polyphonic vocal music that was emerging during his lifetime
Dec 1 Pope Leo X Pope from 9 March 1513 to his death in 1521. The second son of Lorenzo the Magnificent, ruler of the Florentine Republic, he was elevated to the cardinalate in 1489
Dec 13 Manuel I of Portugal the son of Infante Ferdinand, Duke of Viseu, , by his wife, Infanta Beatrice of Portugal. His name is associated with a period of Portuguese civilization distinguished by significant achievements both in political affairs and the arts. In spite of its small size and population in comparison to the great land powers of Europe, it was able to acquire an overseas empire of vast proportions and with a global dimension, for the first time in history, during Manuel's reign