What Happened in April 1492

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Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find the "Indies"

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • Apr 30 Columbus is given royal commission to equip his fleet
  • Apr 30 Spain announces it will expel all Jews

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 Ambrosius Blarer, German reformer (d. 1564)
  • Apr 11 Marguerite of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre (d. 1549)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 9 Lorenzo de' Medici (the Magnificent), leading Florentine statesman and patron of the arts during Florentine Renaissance, dies at 43