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|Centuries:||15th century – 16th century – 17th century|
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- January 22 – Battle of Ridanieh. The Turkish forces of Selim I defeat the main Mamluk army in Egypt under Touman Bey.
- February 3 – Capture of Cairo by the Turks.
- First contact of organized western merchants with China.
- August 15 – Portuguese merchant Fernao Pires de Andrade met Chinese officials through an interpreter at Pearl River estuary and landed at Hong Kong.
- October 31 – Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther posts his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church.
- Conquest of Riazan by Grand Prince Vasili III of Muscovy.
- Selim I, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire conquers Palestine and Egypt, and declares himself Caliph.
- Third outbreak of the sweating sickness in England, especially bad in Oxford and Cambridge
- Jacques Peletier du Mans, French mathematician (died 1582)
- Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, English aristocrat (died 1547)