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Events in History

  • May 3 Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga is baptised by Portuguese missionaries, adopting the baptismal name of João I.
  • Jul 6 Opening ceremony of Daitokuji's Shinju at subtemple
  • Nov 15 Anne of Brittany becomes devoted to end "la guerre folle"
  • Nov 16 An auto de fe, held in the Brasero de la Dehesa outside of Ávila, concludes the case of the Holy Child of La Guardia with the public execution of several Jewish and converso suspects.
  • Nov 25 The siege of Granada, last Moorish stronghold in Spain, begins.

Birthdays in History


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Jun 28 Henry VIII, King of England (1509-47) who separated the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, born in London (d. 1547)

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • Oct 26 Zhengde, Emperor of China (d. 1521)
  • Nov 8 Teofilo Folengo, Italian poet (d. 1544)
  • Dec 24 Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish founder of the Jesuit order (d. 1556)

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Dec 31 Jacques Cartier, French explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France, born in St. Malo, Brittany (d. 1557)

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier

Weddings in History

  • Dec 6 King Charles VIII of France marries Anna of Bretagne

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 Martin Schongauer, German painter, dies at 40
  • Oct 12 Fritz Herlen, German artist
  • Dec 3 Thomas Basin, French historian/bishop of Lisieux, dies