On This Day

What Happened in April 1492

Historical Events

Contract of Interest

Apr 17 Christopher Columbus signs a contract with the Spanish monarchs to find the "Indies" with the stated goal of converting people to Catholicism. This promises him 10% of all riches found, and the governorship of any lands encountered.

Historic Event

Apr 30 Christopher Columbus is given royal commission by Spanish monarchs Isabella I and Ferdinand II to equip his fleet to the New World

  • Apr 30 Spain announces it will expel all Jews

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 Ambrosius Blarer, German reformer, born in Konstanz, Germany (d. 1564)
  • Apr 11 Marguerite of Navarre, Queen of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre, born in Angoulême, France (d. 1549)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 9 Lorenzo de' Medici (the Magnificent), leading Florentine statesman and patron of the arts during Florentine Renaissance, dies at 43