Year 1491 in History

Events in History

  • May 3 Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga is baptized by Portuguese missionaries, adopting the baptismal name of João I
  • Jul 6 Opening ceremony of Daitokuji's Shinju at subtemple
  • Nov 16 An auto de fe, held in the Brasero de la Dehesa outside of Ávila, concludes the case of the Holy Child of La Guardia with the public execution of several Jewish and converso suspects.
  • Nov 17 Anne of Brittany becomes engaged to King Charles VIII of France
  • Nov 25 The siege of Granada, last Moorish stronghold in Spain, begins

Historical Marriages

  • Dec 6 King Charles VIII of France (21) marries Anna Duchess of Brittany (14) giving France control over Brittany

Historical Figures Who Died in 1491

  • Feb 2 Martin Schongauer, German painter, dies at 40
  • Oct 12 Fritz Herlen, German artist
  • Dec 3 Thomas Basin, French historian/bishop of Lisieux, dies