On This Day

What Happened in May 1498

Historical Events

Historic Event

May 20 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Calicut, India becoming the first European to reach India by sea

Historic Event

May 30 Christopher Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America

Famous Deaths

  • May 23 Girolamo Savonarola, Italian Dominican friar who helped expel Medici from Florence and preached against papal corruption, hanged at 45