1487 – He was born at the castle of Szepesvar
1505 – At the famous Rakos diet, he began his public career
1522 – Zapolya placed himself at the head of a confederation to depose the palatine and the other great officers of state, but the attempt failed.
1521 – The Fortress of Belgrade got captured.
1526 – He became the leader the Hungarian nobles. They are in opposition to the foreign pretender was Ferdinand of Habsburg. They declared that no foreign ruler seated as King of Hungary.
1527 – He was defeated by Ferdinand, and was crowned by John’s adversaries. John retired to his stronghold in the Carpathians
1538 – Ferdinand became Zápolya’s descendant. When he died, his son John II Sigismund Zápolya succeeded him as Hungarian King and Ottoman vassal.