On This Day

What Happened in January 1494

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Juw Dekama elected potentate of Frisia
  • Jan 6 The first Mass in the New World is celebrated at La Isabela, Hispaniola
  • Jan 25 Alfonso II succeeds his father as king of Naples

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 11 Domenico Ghirlandaio, Italian artist (b. 1449)
  • Jan 25 Ferdinand I, cruel king of Naples, dies