What Happened on October 12, 1492

Historical Events

Historic 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)

  • Flemish rebel leader Philip van Kleef surrenders

Famous Deaths

  • Piero della Francesca, Italian painter

About October 12, 1492

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 530 years, 11 months and 23 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Libra