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1498 in History

Events in History

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Mar 2 Vasco da Gama's fleet visits Mozambique Island

Explorer Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama
  • Apr 7 Crowd storms Savonarola's convent San Marco Florence, Italy
  • May 20 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Calicut, India becoming the first European to reach India by sea

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May 30 Christopher Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America

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

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Aug 26 Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà sculpture

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 9 John, Cardinal of Lorraine, French churchman, born in Bar-le-Duc, Lorraine (d. 1550)
  • Nov 15 Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Portugal and France, born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1558)
  • Nov 30 Andrés de Urdaneta, Spanish Augustinian friar, sail-captain and explorer, born in Ordizia, Gipuzkoa, Crown of Castile (d. 1568)
  • Dec 19 Andreas Osiander, German Protestant Reformation theologist

Weddings in History

  • Aug 17 Cesare Borgia, son of Pope Alexander IV, 1st man to resign the cardinalate marries Charlotte d'Albret of Navarre

Deaths in History

Person of interestCharles VIII

Apr 7 Charles VIII, King of France (1483-98) who invaded Italy, dies at 27 after hitting his head on a door lintel

King of France Charles VIII
King of France
Charles VIII
  • Apr 28 Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, English politician, dies at 40
  • May 23 Girolamo Savonarola, Italian preacher and dictator of Florence (1494-98), hanged at 45
  • Jul 4 Filips van Burgundy, admiral-general of Netherlands, dies
  • Jul 27 Vespasiano da' Bisticci, Italian book seller/writer, dies at about 77
  • Sep 16 Tomas de Torquemada, Castilian Grand Inquisitor during Spanish Inquisition, who burned 10,000 people, dies at 77
  • Dec 7 Alexander Hegius von Heek, German humanist