On This Day

What Happened in January 1492

Historical Events

Completion of the Reconquista

Jan 2 Muhammad XII, the last Emir of Granada, surrenders his city to Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabel I of Castile, ending both the Reconquista and centuries of Muslim rule in the Iberian peninsula

  • Jan 16 The first grammar of a modern language, Spanish, is presented to Queen Isabella.
  • Jan 19 Supplies to build Portuguese trading post Castelo de São Jorge da Mina (Elmina Castle) arrive on the Gold Coast (now Ghana), first European building south of the Sahara

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 12 Andreas Alicatus, Italian author