On This Day

1488 in History

Events in History


DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

Feb 3 Bartolomeu Dias discovers Mosselbaai (Angra dos Vaqueros)

Portuguese Explorer Bartolomeu Dias
Portuguese Explorer
Bartolomeu Dias
  • Feb 5 Roman catholic German emperor Maximilian I caught in Belgium
  • Jun 11 Battle of Sauchieburn, rebellion against the Scottish crown results in death of King James III
  • Dec 15 Bartolomeu Dias returns to Portugal after becoming 1st known European to sail round the Cape of Good Hope

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 6 Helius Eobanus Hessus, German poet (Silvae), born in Haina, Germany (d. 1540)
  • Mar 19 Johannes Magnus, last Catholic Archbishop of Sweden (d. 1544)
  • Apr 21 Ulrich von Hutten, German scholar and poet, born in Schl├╝chtern, Hesse

Deaths in History

  • Jan 13 Hermann Vischer, "the Old", buried
  • May 2 Jacob van Horne, Burgundy statesman, dies
  • Jun 11 James III, King of Scots (1460-88), killed in battle or assassinated soon after at Milltown near Bannockburn at 36
  • Jul 18 Alvise Cadamosto, Italian explorer (b. 1432)
  • Sep 9 Francis II, Duke of Brittany (b. 1433)
  • Oct 7 Andrea del Verrochio, sculptor/painter/goldsmith, dies at about 52