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1451 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3 Sultan Mehmed II, the Conqueror inherits the throne of the Ottoman Empire

Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror
Ottoman Sultan
Mehmed the Conqueror
  • Apr 19 Alam Shah of Delhi resigns throne
  • Jul 31 Jacques Cœur is arrested by order of Charles VII of France
  • Sep 21 Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa orders Jews of Holland to wear a badge

Birthdays in History


Person of interestIsabella I of Castile

Apr 22 Isabella I, Queen of Castile (1479-1504), patron of Christopher Columbus, who initiated the Spanish Inquisition with husband Ferdinand II of Aragon, born in Madrigal de las Altas Torres, Spain (d. 1504)

Queen of Castile Isabella I of Castile
Queen of Castile
Isabella I of Castile
  • May 2 René II, Duke of Lorraine, born in Angers, France (d. 1508)
  • May 17 Engelbert II, Earl of Nassau-Dillenburg-Dietz and viceroy of Luxembourg, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1504)

Person of interestChristopher Columbus

Oct 30 Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer and navigator who discovered the "New World" for Spain and initiated European colonization, born in the Republic of Genoa on or just before this date (d. 1506)

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

Weddings in History


LovePerson of Interest

Feb 14 Louis, dauphin of France (later Louis XI) (27) marries Charlotte of Savoy (9) without the consent of King Charles VII

King of France Louis XI
King of France
Louis XI

Deaths in History

  • Jan 7 Amadeus VIII, Duke of Savoye and last antipope (Felix V, 1439-48), dies at 67
  • Feb 3 Murad II, sultan of Turkey (1421-51), dies