On This Day

What Happened in January 1501

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jan 6 Construction begins on Portugal's Jerónimos Monastery, designed by architect Diogo de Boitaca to commemorate the return of Vasco da Gama from India [1]

Historic Event

Jan 14 Martin Luther enters the University of Erfurt, aged 17

Voyage of Discovery

Jan 16 Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral and 6 ships begin their return voyage to Lisbon

  • Jan 17 Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 16 Anthony Denny, English knight of the shire and confidant of King Henry VIII of England, born in England (d. 1559)
  • Jan 17 Leonhard Fuchs, German physician and botanist (Notable Commentaries on the History of Plants) for which the flowering plants and color Fuchsia is named after, born in Wemding, Bavaria (d. 1566)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Ali Sjir Neva'i [Fani], Turkish poet/author, dies at 59