On This Day

What Happened on October 12, 1492

Historical Events


DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall on a Caribbean island he names San Salvador (likely Watling Island, Bahamas). The explorer believes he has reached East Asia (OS 21 Oct)

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • Flemish rebel leader Philip van Kleef surrenders

Famous Deaths

  • Piero della Francesca, Italian painter
1492 Highlights

About October 12, 1492

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 528 years and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Libra