On This Day

1460 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 4 University of Basle in Swizerland forms
  • May 9 Courtyard of the episcopal palace in Atrecht (akak Arras) has witch burnings
  • Jul 10 Wars of Roses: Richard of York defeats King Henry VI at Northampton
  • Dec 30 Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield (Northern England), Duke of York killed and his forces soundly defeated by forces for King Henry VI

Birthdays in History

Person of interestJuan Ponce de León

Apr 8 Juan Ponce de León, Spanish explorer and conquistador who searched for the fountain of youth and the first European to discover Florida, born in Santervás de Campos, Castile, Spain (d. 1521)

Explorer and Conquistador Juan Ponce de León
Explorer and Conquistador
Juan Ponce de León
  • May 8 Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1486-1536), born in Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1536)

Deaths in History

  • Jul 10 Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham, English military leader (b. 1402)
  • Aug 3 King James II of Scotland (b. 1430)
  • Nov 13 Henry the Navigator, prince of Portugal, dies at 66
  • Dec 14 Guarino da Verona, Italian Renaissance figure, dies at 86
  • Dec 30 Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, claimant to the English throne killed in Battle of Wakefield at 49 (b. 1411)
  • Dec 31 Edmund, Earl of Rutland, brother of Kings Edward IV of England and Richard III of England, executed at 17
  • Dec 31 Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury, English politician (b. 1400)