On This Day

What Happened in October 1517

Historical Events

The Protestant Reformation

Oct 31 Martin Luther sends his 95 Theses to Albrecht von Brandenburg, the Archbishop of Mainz, precipitating the Protestant Reformation

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 18 Manoel da Nóbrega, Portuguese Jesuit in Brazil (d. 1570)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 John Murmelius, humanist/theory/school book writer, dies at about 37
  • Oct 31 Fra Bartolommeo, Italian artist, dies at 45