On This Day

Famous People Born in 1451

  • Jan 14 Franchinus Gaffurius, Italian music composer, born in Lodi, Italy (d. 1522)

Isabella I of Castile

Apr 22 Isabella I, Queen of Castile (1479-1504), patron of Christopher Columbus, who initiated the Spanish Inquisition with husband Ferdinand II of Aragon, born in Madrigal de las Altas Torres, Spain (d. 1504)

  • May 2 RenĂ© II, Duke of Lorraine, born in Angers, France (d. 1508)
  • May 17 Engelbert II, Earl of Nassau-Dillenburg-Dietz and viceroy of Luxembourg, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1504)

Christopher Columbus

Oct 30 Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer and navigator who discovered the "New World" for Spain and initiated European colonization, born in the Republic of Genoa on or just before this date (d. 1506)