Year 1478 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 18 Grand Duke Ivan II of Moscow occupies Novgorod
  • Feb 18 George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is privately executed in the Tower of London (allegedly by being drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine).
  • Apr 26 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo de'Medici and kill Giuliano de'Medici in Florence

Historical Figures Born in 1478

  • Feb 7 Sir Thomas More, English statesman, humanist, and author (d. 1535)
  • May 26 Pope Clement VII [Giulio de' Medici], Italian Pope (1523-34), born in Florence (d. 1534)
  • Jun 22 Philips de Schone, Archduke of Austrian/King of Castilia (Philips I)
  • Jul 22 Philip I, (the Handsome), 1st Habsburg King of Spain (1504-06)
  • Dec 6 Baldassare Castiglione, Italian diplomat and author, born in Casatico, Mantua, Italy (d. 1529)

Historical Figures Who Died in 1478

  • Feb 18 Duke of Clarence, privately executed and reputedly drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine
  • Feb 22 Hendrik Herp (Herpius/Harphius), writer (Spieghel volcomenheit), dies
  • Apr 26 Giuliano de' Medici, Italian co-ruler of Florence with his brother Lorenzo, murdered in the Pazzi Conspiracy in Duomo of Florence at 24
  • Nov 19 Emperor Baeda Maryam of Ethiopia (b. 1448)