On This Day

Historical Events in 1497

  • Jan 6 Jews are expelled from Graz in Styria, Austria

Historic Event

Mar 9 Nicolaus Copernicus' 1st recorded astronomical observation

Historic Expedition

May 2 John Cabot's expedition departs Bristol searching for new lands across the Atlantic

Voyage of Discovery

May 10 Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for his first voyage to the New World (disputed)

  • May 13 Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Italian Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola (urged the expulsion of the Medici's from Florence)
  • Jun 17 Battle of Deptford Bridge - forces under King Henry VII soundly defeat Cornish rebels led by Michael An Gof
  • Jun 22 Antitax insurrection in Cornwall suppressed at Blackheath
  • Jun 24 John Cabot claims parts of North America (what is now Eastern Canada) for England believing he has found Asia in Newfoundland
  • Jun 24 Cornish traitors Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank are executed at Tyburn, London

Historic Event

Jul 8 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs on his first voyage, will become the 1st European to reach India by sea

Historic Event

Jul 26 "Edward IV's son" Perkin Warbeck's army lands in Cork

  • Aug 6 Italian explorer John Cabot returns to Bristol from North America (Newfoundland) - first European to do so since the Vikings
  • Aug 10 John Cabot tells King Henry VII of his trip to "Asia"
  • Sep 7 Flemish pretender Perkin Warbeck acclaimed as English King Richard IV on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall
  • Nov 18 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama reaches the Cape of Good Hope
  • Nov 22 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India
  • Dec 16 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama is 1st European to sail along Africa's East Coast, names it Natal