What Happened in 1497

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Significant Events

  • Jun 24 John Cabot claims Eastern Canada for England (believes he found Asia in Nova Scotia)
  • Jul 8 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs on his first voyage - becomes first European to reach India by sea
  • Aug 10 John Cabot tells King Henry VII of his trip to "Asia"
  • Nov 22 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India
More Historical Events

Famous People in 1497

Famous People Born in 1497

  • Jan 26 Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (d. 1557)
  • Feb 15 Philipp Melanchthon, German Protestant
  • Feb 16 Philipp Melanchthon, Germ, Protestant reformer (Augsburgse Confessie)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 6 John Ockeghem, Flemish singer/composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 14 Giovanni Borgia, Duke of Borgia (b. 1474)
  • Jul 22 Francesco Botticini, Italian painter, dies at about 52