On This Day

Historical Events in 1503

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 Henry Tudor (later Henry VIII) created Prince of Wales

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
Michelangelo
  • Apr 28 Battle at Cerignalo: Spanish army under Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba defeats a French force led by Louis d'Armagnac, Duke of Nemours

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

May 10 Christopher Columbus discovers the Cayman Islands

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 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

BeatificationPapal Inauguration

Nov 11 Pope Julius II elected

The Warrior Pope Julius II
The Warrior Pope
Julius II
  • 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