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What Happened in 1502

Historical Events in 1502

  • Jan 1 Portuguese navigators discover Rio de Janeiro
  • Jan 20 The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored
  • Feb 12 Muslims in Granada forced to convert to Catholicism
  • Feb 12 Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal on his second voyage to India
  • Feb 13 Nicolás de Ovando y Cáceres, new Governor of the Indies sets sail for the Indies with fleet of 30 ships, largest-ever fleet to the New World
  • Feb 25 Austrian emperor Maximilian I reformats government machine
  • Mar 11 Ismail I, founder of the Safavid dynasty, crowned Shah of Persia (rules till 1524)
  • May 9 Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his 4th and final trip to the New World
  • May 11 Christopher Columbus begins 4th & last trip to the "Indies"
  • May 21 Portuguese admiral Da Nova discovers St Helena

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Famous People in 1502

Famous Weddings in 1502

  • Aug 8 Jacobus IV of Scotland marries Margaretha Tudor

Famous People Who Died in 1502

  • Feb 1 Olivier de la Marche, Flemish writer/poet/governor, dies
  • Apr 2 Arthur, Prince of Wales, English crown prince, son of King Henry VII of England, 1st husband of Catherine of Aragon, dies from an unknown illness at 15
  • Apr 15 Jan IV of Chalon-Arnay, prince of Orange and lord of Arlay, dies at 59
  • May 6 James Tyrrell, alleged murderer of the Princes in the Tower (executed)
  • Jul 11 Francisco de Bobadilla, Spanish soldier and second Governor of the Indies (1499-1502), dies during a storm at sea (born about 1450)

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