On This Day

1455 in History

Events in History

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Feb 23 Johannes Gutenberg prints his first Bible (estimated date)

  • Mar 12 First record of Johannes Gutenberg's Bible, letter dated this day by Enea Silvio Piccolomini refers to the bible printed a year before

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 8 Alfonso de Borgia elected as Pope Callistus III

  • May 22 Opening battle in England's 30-year Wars of the Roses. Richard of York takes St Albans, capturing King Henry VI

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 King John of Denmark (d. 1513)
  • Mar 3 King John II of Portugal (d. 1495)
  • Mar 15 Pietro Accolti, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1532)
  • Aug 2 Johan Cicero, Elector of Brandenburg (1486-99), born in Ansbach (d. 1499)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 18 Fra Angelico, Italian monk and early Renaissance painter (San Marco friary) , dies at about 59
  • Mar 24 Nicholas V [Tommaso Parentucelli], Italian Pope (1447-55), dies at 57
  • Mar 24 Rudolf van Diepholt, bishop/cardinal of Utrecht (1448-55), dies
  • May 22 Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, English politician (killed in battle)
  • May 22 Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, English commander (killed in battle) (b. 1406)
  • Dec 1 Lorenzo Ghiberti, Italian sculptor, dies at 77