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Events in History

  • Apr 11 Wars of the Roses: King Edward IV of England conquers London from Henry VI
  • Apr 14 Wars of the Roses: Battle of Barnet - Yorkists defeat the Lancastrians and kill the Earl of Warwick
  • May 4 Wars of the Roses: Battle of Tewkesbury - final battle between Lancaster and York sees the Prince of Wales, Edward of Westminster killed and King Edward IV restored to his crown thus extinguishing the Lancastrian of Plantagenet line
  • May 21 King Edward IV enters London
  • Oct 10 Battle of Brunkeberg: Swedish regent Sten Sture defeats forces led by Danish King Christian I

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 15 Piero di Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (d. 1503)
  • May 21 Albrecht Durer, Nornberg Germany, Renaissance painter/print maker
  • Jul 15 Eskender, Emperor of Ethiopia (d. 1494)
  • Aug 27 George the Bearded, Meissen, Germany, Duke of Saxony (1500-39) (d. 1539)
  • Sep 7 Frederik I, king of Denmark/Norway (1523-33)
  • Oct 15 Konrad Mutian, German humanist (d. 1526)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 18 Emperor Go-Hanazono of Japan (b. 1419)
  • Feb 21 John of Rokycan, Czech Catholic archbishop
  • Mar 12 Dionysius the Carthusian/van Rijkel, Dutch scholastic theologist, dies
  • Mar 22 George van Podiebrad, king of Bohemia (1458-71), dies
  • Mar 24 Thomas Malory, author (Le Morte d'Arthur), dies at 55
  • Apr 14 Richard Neville [16th Earl of Warwick], English nobleman and military commander known as Warwick the Kingmaker, slain in battle at 42
  • May 1 Thomas a Kempis, spiritual writer (Navolging of Christ), dies at 91
  • May 4 Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, dies at 17, becoming the only heir apparent to the English throne to ever die in battle
  • May 4 Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset, English military commander (executed)
  • May 20 Henry VI, king of England (1422-61, 70-71)/France (1431-71), dies
  • Jul 25 John Soreth, French general, dies
  • Jul 26 Pope Paul II [Pietro Barbo], Italian Pope (1464-71), dies at 54
  • Dec 17 Isabella of Portugal, duchess of Burgundy, dies