On This Day

Birthdays in History in 1494

  • Feb 2 Bona Sforza, queen of Sigismund I of Poland (d. 1557)
  • Feb 4 Francois Rabelais, French satirist (Gargantua and Pantagruel), born in La Devinière, Touraine, Kingdom of France (d. 1553)
  • Feb 20 Johan Friis, chancellor (Denmark, helped formed Lutheranism)
  • Mar 1 Il Bacchiacca [Franceso Ubertini], Italian painter
  • Mar 24 Georgius Agricola, German mineralogist (De Re Metallica), born in Glauchau, Saxony (d. 1555)
  • Apr 20 John Agricola [Schneider], German theologian, a friend of Martin Luther, born in Eisleben, Germany (d.1566)
  • May 25 Jacopo da Pontormo [Carucci], Italian painter (Sepulture of Christ), born in Pontormo, Italy (d. 1557)

Person of interestFrancis I of France

Sep 12 King Francis I of France (1515-47), born in Cognac, France (d. 1547)

Person of interestSuleiman the Magnificent

Nov 6 Suleiman the Magnificent, Ottoman Sultan and the longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1530-1566), born in Trabzon, Ottoman Empire (d. 1566)

Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
Ottoman Sultan
Suleiman the Magnificent
  • Dec 20 Oronce Finé, French mathematician & cartographer, born in Briançon, France (d. 1555)