On This Day

What Happened in February 1502

Historical Events

  • Feb 12 Muslims in Granada forced to convert to Catholicism

DiscoveryVoyage of Discovery

Feb 12 Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India

Explorer Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Damião de Góis, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1574)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Olivier de la Marche, Flemish soldier & poet, dies at 77