On This Day

What Happened in February 1502

Historical Events

  • Feb 12 Muslims in Granada forced to convert to Catholicism

Voyage of Discovery

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

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