On This Day

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).

King of England Edward IV
King of England
Edward IV
  • Apr 26 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo de'Medici and kill Giuliano de'Medici in Florence

Birthdays in History

  • 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)

Deaths in History

  • 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)