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Events in History

  • Jan 1 Juw Dekama elected potentate of Frisia
  • Jan 6 The first Mass in the New World is celebrated at La Isabela, Hispaniola
  • Jan 25 Alfonso II succeeds his father as king of Naples

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 5 On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • Jun 7 Treaty of Tordesillas: Spain and Portugal divide the new world along a meridian 370 leagues west of the Cape Verde islands, off the west coast of Africa
  • Nov 8 Uprising against Piero de' Medici in Florence Italy
  • Nov 9 Family de' Medici become rulers of Florence
  • Nov 18 French King Charles VIII occupies Florence

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 Bona Sforza, queen of Sigismund I of Poland (d. 1557)
  • Feb 20 Johan Friis, chancellor (Denmark, helped formed Lutheranism)
  • Mar 1 Il Bacchiacca, [Franceso Ubertini], Italian painter
  • Mar 24 Georgius Agricola, German mineralogist (De Re Metallica), born in Glauchau, Saxony (d. 1555)
  • Apr 20 John Agricola, [Schneider], German theologist/prime minister
  • May 25 Jacopo Pontormo II, Italian painter (Sepulture of Christ)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 12 King Francis I of France (1515-47), born in Cognac, France (d. 1547)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 6 Suleiman the Magnificent, Ottoman Sultan and the longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1530-1566), born in Trabzon, Ottoman Empire (d. 1566)

Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
Ottoman Sultan
Suleiman the Magnificent
  • Dec 20 Oronce Finé, French mathematician (d. 1555)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 11 Domenico Ghirlandaio, Italian artist (b. 1449)
  • Jan 25 Ferdinand I, cruel king of Naples, dies
  • Aug 11 Hans Memling, [John Memlinc], Flemish painter (Passietaferelen), dies
  • Sep 24 Poliziano, Italian humanist (b. 1454)
  • Oct 22 Gian Galeazzo, Italian duke of Milan (1476-94), dies
  • Nov 8 Melozzo da Forli, Italian painter, dies at about 56
  • Nov 17 Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian philosopher (b. 1463)
  • Dec 20 Matteo Maria Boiardo, Italian poet