What Happened in 1492

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Significant Events

  • Mar 31 Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Aragon issue the Alhambra Decree which expels Jews from their Kingdoms of Castile and Aragon
  • Apr 17 Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find the "Indies"
  • Aug 3 Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage with three ships, Santa María, Pinta and Niña from Palos de la Frontera, Spain for the "Indies"
  • Oct 2 King Henry VII of England invades France
  • Oct 12 Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall on Caribbean island he names San Salvador (likely Watling Island, Bahamas). The explorer believes he has reached East Asia (OS 21 Oct)
  • Oct 28 Christopher Columbus discovers Cuba and claims it for Spain
  • Nov 5 Christopher Columbus learns of maize (corn) from Indians of Cuba
  • Nov 7 Ensisheim Meteorite strikes earth in a wheat field near village of Ensisheim in Alsace, France. Oldest meteorite with a known date of impact
  • Nov 15 Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco
  • Dec 26 1st Spanish settlement La Navidad (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas) in the New World is founded by Columbus
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Famous People in 1492

Famous People Born in 1492

  • Jan 12 Andreas Alicatus, Italian author
  • Mar 4 Francesco de Layolle, composer
  • Mar 6 Jean Luis Vives, Spanish theory/humanist/reformer
  • Apr 4 Ambrosius Blarer, German reformer (d. 1564)
  • Apr 11 Marguerite of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre (d. 1549)
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Famous Deaths

  • Apr 9 Lorenzo de' Medici (the Magnificent), leading Florentine statesman and patron of the arts during Florentine Renaissance, dies at 43
  • Jun 7 Kazimierz IV, King of Poland (1447-92), dies at 64
  • Jun 16 Jan Coppenhole, Flemish rebel leader, beheaded
  • Jul 25 Innocent VII, [Giovanni B Cibo], Italian Pope (1484-92), dies
  • Oct 12 Piero della Francesca, Italian painter
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