On This Day

What Happened in 1497

Historical Events

  • May 10 Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for his first voyage to the New World (disputed)
  • Jun 24 John Cabot claims parts of North America (what is now Eastern Canada) for England believing he has found Asia in Newfoundland

Famous People Born in 1497

  • Jan 26 Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (d. 1557)
  • Feb 15 Philipp Melanchthon, German Protestant reformer and theologian (Martin Luther's right-hand man), born in Bretten, Palatinate (d. 1560)

Famous People Who Died in 1497

  • Feb 6 John Ockeghem, Flemish singer/composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 14 Giovanni Borgia, Duke of Borgia (b. 1474)
  • Jul 22 Francesco Botticini, Italian painter, dies at about 52