On This Day

What Happened in 1472

Historical Events

  • Jan 22 Great comet of 1471 (C/1471 Y1) becomes the closest comet in modern times, coming within 10 million kilometers of Earth [1]
  • Feb 20 Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment
  • Jun 24 Byzantine princess Sophia Palaiologina departs Rome with a large entourage for Moscow to marry Ivan III

Did You Know?

Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment

On February 20, 1472


Famous People Born in 1472

  • Mar 28 Fra Bartolommeo, Florentine Renaissance painter (The Last Judgement), born in Florence (d. 1517)
  • Apr 5 Bianca Maria Sforza, wife of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, born in Pavia, Italy (d. 1510)
  • May 31 Erardus van der Mark, prince-bishop of Luik/cardinal

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 12 Richard Plantagenet, Duke of Gloucester and later King of England, marries Anne Neville, daughter of the Earl of Warwick, in Westminster Abbey.
  • Nov 12 Byzantine princes Sophia Palaiologina marries Ivan III, Grand Prince of Moscow in Dormition Cathedral, Moscow

Famous People Who Died in 1472

  • Mar 27 Janus Pannonius, Hungarian poet and translator, dies at 37
  • Apr 6 Pieter Bladelin, Belgian land owner (Middelburg castle), dies
  • Apr 15 Leon B. Alberti, Italian humanist & architect (Philodoxis), dies at 68
  • Apr 25 Leon Battista degli Alberti, scupltor/musician (Dinner Pieces), dies
  • Jul 5 Charles of Artois, Count of Eu, French military leader (b. 1394)

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