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What Happened in 1491

Historical Events in 1491

  • May 3 Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga is baptised by Portuguese missionaries, adopting the baptismal name of João I
  • Jul 6 Opening ceremony of Daitokuji's Shinju at subtemple
  • Nov 15 Anne of Brittany becomes devoted to end "la guerre folle"
  • Nov 16 An auto de fe, held in the Brasero de la Dehesa outside of Ávila, concludes the case of the Holy Child of La Guardia with the public execution of several Jewish and converso suspects.
  • Nov 25 The siege of Granada, last Moorish stronghold in Spain, begins

Famous People in 1491

Famous Weddings in 1491


Famous People Who Died in 1491

  • Feb 2 Martin Schongauer, German painter, dies at 40
  • Oct 12 Fritz Herlen, German artist
  • Dec 3 Thomas Basin, French historian/bishop of Lisieux, dies