On This Day

What Happened in January 1502

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Portuguese navigators discover Rio de Janeiro
  • Jan 20 The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestGregory XIII

Jan 7 Gregory XIII [Ugo Boncompagni], Italian pope (1572-85) who introduced the Gregorian (New Style) calendar in 1582, born in Bologna, Papal States (d. 1585)

  • Jan 10 Hendrik Niclaes, German mystic & founder of Christian sect "Familia Caritatis", born in M√ľnster, Germany (d. 1570)