Today in Tudor History...
30 July 1419 – First Defenestration of Prague: a crowd of radical Hussites kill seven members of the Prague city council.
1502 – Christopher Columbus lands at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage.
1535-Sir Thomas Clifford to Henry VIII.
Complains of the injustice and partiality of the earl of Northumberland, who, out of ill-will towards the writer for speaking to the King in favor of Sir Thomas Percy, the Earl's brother, had caused certain gentlemen to be indicted, by a packed jury, at a court of Wardenry held by him at Newcastle-upon-Tyne on the 28th inst., when Clifford repaired into the country. Begs that my Lord be forbidden to meddle with him, and that the matters be submitted to an indifferent judge. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 30 July.
1540 – Executions of Catholic martyrs Thomas Abell, Edward Powell and Richard Fetherston and reformers Robert Barnes, William Jerome and Thomas Garrard at Smithfield for heresy.
1549 – Birth of Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany
1550 – Death of Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton
Wriothesley received his early education at St Paul's School, London. In 1522 he entered Trinity Hall, Cambridge, but did not take a degree. In 1524, at the age of 19, he entered the service of Thomas Cromwell. Before 4 May 1530 he was appointed joint clerk of the signet under Stephen Gardiner, secretary to King Henry VIII, a post he held for a decade while continuing in Cromwell's service.
Wriothesley's services were richly rewarded at the dissolution of the monasteries. He was granted extensive lands between Southampton and Winchester. Until May, 1539, he was Henry VIII's ambassador in Brussels
1553-Princess Elizabeth left Somerset House, to ride to Wanstead and greet Mary I, new queen of England