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What Happened in 1471

Historical Events in 1471

  • Apr 11 Wars of the Roses: King Edward IV of England seizes 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 Battle of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, final battle between the Houses of Lancaster and York: Prince of Wales, Edward of Westminster killed and King Edward IV restored to his throne. Re-restores political stability to England until his death in 1483.
  • May 21 King Edward IV enters London
  • Oct 10 Battle of Brunkeberg: Swedish regent Sten Sture defeats forces led by Danish King Christian I

Famous People Born in 1471

  • 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, Duke of Saxony (1500-39), born in Meissen, Germany (d. 1539)
  • Oct 7 Frederik I, King of Denmark and Norway (1523-33), born in Gottorp, Denmark (d. 1533)

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Famous People Who Died in 1471

  • Jan 18 Emperor Go-Hanazono, 102nd Emperor of Japan, dies at 51
  • Feb 21 John of Rokycan, Czech Catholic archbishop
  • Mar 12 Dionysius the Carthusian [Denis Ryckel], Flemish scholastic theologist, dies at 69
  • Mar 22 George van Podiebrad, king of Bohemia (1458-71), dies
  • Mar 24 Thomas Malory, author (Le Morte d'Arthur), dies at 55

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