When was Henry VIII born?

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King Henry VIII or Henry Tudor, was the son of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth York.  Henry was born at Greenwich Palace, on June 28, 1491. Following the death of his brother, Arthur, he became Henry VIII, King of England. He married six times, beheaded two of his wives and was the main architect of the English Reformation. 

After King Henry asked for an annulment and the Roman Catholic Church refused, he insisted on separation from the church.  He declared that the Church would no longer exert authority in England and he installed the Church of England as the official religion of England.

King Henry ruled over a peaceful kingdom with the exception of a challenge to his decision to disbar the Catholic church, known as the Pilgrimage of Grace.  King Henry was able to easily end the rebellion of 30,000 which proved to be the only threat to his authority during his reign.

King Henry died on January 28, 1547.

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