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Events in History

  • Jan 1 Portuguese navigators discover Rio de Janeiro
  • Jan 20 The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored.
  • Feb 12 Muslims in Granada forced to convert to Catholicism

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Feb 12 Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal on his second voyage to India.

Explorer Vasco da Gama
Explorer
Vasco da Gama
  • Feb 25 Austrian emperor Maximilian I reformats government machine
  • Mar 11 Ismail I crowned Shah of Persia (rules till 1524), founder of the Safavid dynasty

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May 9 Columbus left Spain on his 4th & final trip to New World

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 7 Gregory XIII [Ugo Boncompagni], Bologna, Papal States, Italian pope (1572-85), introduced Gregorian calendar in 1582
  • Jan 10 Hendrik Niclaes, German/Dutch merchant/cult leader (Children of God)
  • Feb 2 Damião de Góis, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1574)
  • Mar 20 Pierino Belli, Italian soldier and jurist (d. 1575)
  • Apr 25 Georg Major, German Protestant theologian (d. 1574)
  • Jun 6 King John III of Portugal (d. 1557)
  • Aug 4 Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Flemish painter/carpet designer
  • Sep 13 John Leland, English antiquarian (d. 1552)
  • Nov 17 Atahualpa, last emperor of the Inca (d. 1533)

Weddings in History

  • Aug 8 Jacobus IV of Scotland marries Margaretha Tudor

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Olivier de la Marche, Flemish writer/poet/governor, dies
  • Apr 2 Arthur, English crown prince/husband of Catharina of Aragon, dies
  • Apr 15 Jan IV Chalon, prince of Orange, dies
  • May 6 James Tyrrell, alleged murderer of the Princes in the Tower (executed)
  • Dec 23 Margaretha, English princess of Burgundy, dies at 57