On This Day

What Happened in 1503

Historical Events

  • Jan 20 Casa de Contratación (House of Trade) established by the Crown of Castile in the port of Seville to deal with American affairs
  • Feb 13 Disfida di Barletta - Famous challenge between 13 Italian and 13 French knights near Barletta, Southern Italy
  • Feb 18 Henry Tudor (later Henry VIII) created Prince of Wales
  • Apr 24 Michelangelo undertakes to carve 12 Apostles for the Cathedral of Florence, each four and a quarter braccia high (248.2cm), at the rate of at least one completed statue per year. He produced only one, of St. Matthew, and that remained unfinished.
  • Apr 28 Battle at Cerignalo: Spanish army under Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba defeats a French force led by Louis d'Armagnac, Duke of Nemours
  • May 10 Christopher Columbus discovers the Cayman Islands
  • Sep 11 Michelangelo begins sculpting the 12 Apostles for the Cathedral of Florence, over-life-sized marble statues of which only 1 was partly finished, that of St. Matthew
  • Oct 30 Queen Isabella of Spain bans violence against Indians in the Americas
  • Nov 11 Pope Julius II elected
  • Dec 29 Battle of Garigliano: Spanish army under Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba defeats French forces in Italy, giving Spain control of the Kingdom of Naples

Famous People Who Died in 1503

  • Feb 4 Queen Elizabeth, consort of Henry VII of England, dies
  • Feb 11 Elizabeth of York, Queen Consort of England and wife of King Henry VII, dies on 38th birthday
  • Feb 15 Henry Deane, Archbishop of Canterbury (1501-03), dies
  • Apr 7 [Zoe] Sophia Palaiologina, Byzantine princess, wife of Grand Prince Ivan III of Moscow, dies (b. 1449)
  • May 20 Lorenzo de Medici, Italian patron (b. 1463)

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