On This Day

What Happened in May 1502

Historical Events


DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

May 9 Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his 4th and final trip to the New World

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • May 21 Portuguese admiral Da Nova discovers St Helena

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 James Tyrrell, alleged murderer of the Princes in the Tower (executed)