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1497 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 6 Jews are expelled from Graz in Styria, Austria
  • Feb 25 Italians troops reconquer Taranto on France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Nicolaus Copernicus' 1st recorded astronomical observation

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

May 2 John Cabot's expedition departs Bristol searching for new lands across the Atlantic

Explorer John Cabot
John Cabot

DiscoveryVoyage of Discovery

May 10 Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for his first voyage to the New World (disputed)

  • May 13 Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola
  • Jun 17 Battle of Deptford Bridge - forces under King Henry VII soundly defeat Cornish rebels led by Michael An Gof
  • Jun 22 Antitax insurrection in Cornwall suppressed at Blackheath
  • Jun 24 John Cabot claims Eastern Canada for England (believes he has found Asia in Nova Scotia)
  • Jun 24 Cornish traitors Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank are executed at Tyburn, London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 8 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs on his first voyage, becoming the 1st European to reach India by sea

Explorer Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama
  • Jul 26 "Edward IV's son" Perkin Warbeck's army lands in Cork
  • Aug 6 Italian explorer John Cabot returns to Bristol from North America (Newfoundland) - first European to do so since the Vikings
  • Aug 10 John Cabot tells King Henry VII of his trip to "Asia"
  • Sep 7 Flemish pretender Perkin Warbeck acclaimed as English King Richard IV on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall
  • Nov 18 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama reaches the Cape of Good Hope
  • Nov 22 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India
  • Dec 16 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama is 1st European to sail along Africa's East Coast, names it Natal

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 26 Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (d. 1557)
  • Feb 15 Philipp Melanchthon, German Protestant
  • Feb 16 Philipp Melanchthon, Germ, Protestant reformer (Augsburgse Confessie)

Deaths in History

  • Jun 14 Giovanni Borgia, Duke of Borgia (b. 1474)
  • Jul 22 Francesco Botticini, Italian painter, dies at about 52