What Happened in 1498

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Significant Events

  • May 20 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Calicut, India becoming the first European to reach India by sea
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Famous People in 1498

Famous People Born in 1498

  • Apr 9 John, Cardinal of Lorraine, French churchman (d. 1550)
  • Nov 15 Eleonore of Austria, Queen of Portugal and France (d. 1558)
  • Nov 30 AndrĂ©s de Urdaneta, Spanish Augustinian friar, sail-captain and explorer (d. 1568)
  • Dec 19 Andreas Osiander, Germany, Protestant Reformation theologist

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 17 Cesare Borgia, son of Pope Alexander IV, 1st man to resign the cardinalate marries Charlotte d'Albret of Navarre

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 7 Charles VIII, King of France (1483-98), dies at 27
  • Apr 8 Charles VIII, King of France (1483-98), beheaded at 27
  • Apr 28 Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, English politician
  • May 23 Girolamo Savonarola, dictator of Florence (1494-98), hanged at 45
  • Jul 4 Filips van Burgundy, admiral-general of Netherlands, dies
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