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1494 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Juw Dekama elected potentate of Frisia
  • Jan 6 The first Mass in the New World is celebrated at La Isabela, Hispaniola
  • Jan 25 Alfonso II succeeds his father as King of Naples

DiscoveryVoyage of Discovery

May 5 On 2nd voyage to New World Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica, landing at Discovery Bay

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus

Agreement of InterestTreaty of Tordesillas

Jun 7 Treaty of Tordesillas: Spain and Portugal divide the new world along a meridian 370 leagues west of the Cape Verde islands, off the west coast of Africa

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Front page of the Portuguese-owned treaty
Front page of the Portuguese-owned treaty
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  • Nov 8 Uprising against Piero de' Medici in Florence
  • Nov 9 Piero the Unfortunate of the de' Medici family, ruler of Florence, loses his power and flees the state

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 18 French King Charles VIII occupies Florence

King of France Charles VIII
King of France
Charles VIII

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 Bona Sforza, queen of Sigismund I of Poland (d. 1557)
  • Feb 4 Francois Rabelais, French satirist (Gargantua and Pantagruel), born in La Devinière, Touraine, Kingdom of France (d. 1553)
  • Feb 20 Johan Friis, chancellor (Denmark, helped formed Lutheranism)
  • Mar 1 Il Bacchiacca [Franceso Ubertini], Italian painter
  • Mar 24 Georgius Agricola, German mineralogist (De Re Metallica), born in Glauchau, Saxony (d. 1555)
  • Apr 20 John Agricola [Schneider], German theologian, a friend of Martin Luther, born in Eisleben, Germany (d.1566)
  • May 25 Jacopo da Pontormo [Carucci], Italian painter (Sepulture of Christ), born in Pontormo, Italy (d. 1557)

Person of interestFrancis I of France

Sep 12 King Francis I of France (1515-47), born in Cognac, France (d. 1547)

Person of interestSuleiman the Magnificent

Nov 6 Suleiman the Magnificent, Ottoman Sultan and the longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1530-1566), born in Trabzon, Ottoman Empire (d. 1566)

Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
Ottoman Sultan
Suleiman the Magnificent
  • Dec 20 Oronce Finé, French mathematician & cartographer, born in Briançon, France (d. 1555)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 11 Domenico Ghirlandaio, Italian artist (b. 1449)
  • Jan 25 Ferdinand I, cruel king of Naples, dies
  • Aug 11 Hans Memling [John Memlinc], Flemish painter (Passietaferelen), dies
  • Sep 24 Poliziano, Italian humanist (b. 1454)
  • Oct 22 Gian Galeazzo, Italian duke of Milan (1476-94), dies
  • Nov 8 Melozzo da Forli, Italian painter, dies at about 56
  • Nov 17 Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian philosopher (b. 1463)
  • Dec 20 Matteo Maria Boiardo, Italian poet