On This Day

What Happened in May 1506

Historical Events

Appointment of Interest

May 19 Christopher Columbus selects his son Diego Columbus as sole heir

Famous Weddings

  • May 29 Earl Willem I van Nassau-Dillenburg weds countess Walburg van Egmont

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Husayn Bayqarah, ruler of Herat (b. 1438)

Christopher Columbus

May 20 Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer and navigator who discovered the "New World" for Spain and initiated European colonization, dies around the age of 54