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1501 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 14 Martin Luther enters the University of Erfurt, aged 17

Theologian and Founder of Protestantism Martin Luther
Theologian and Founder of Protestantism
Martin Luther

DiscoveryVoyage of Discovery

Jan 16 Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral and 6 ships begin their return voyage to Lisbon

  • Jan 17 Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna
  • May 20 Portuguese explorer João da Nova Castell discovers the Ascension Islands
  • Jul 15 Portuguese explorer Pedro Cabral arrives back in Lisbon after successfully discovering Brazil and returning from India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 27 Nicolaus Copernicus formally installed as a canon of Frauenberg Cathedral

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus

ItalyThe Statue of David

Aug 16 Michelangelo awarded the contract to create his statue of David by the Overseers of the Office of Works (the Operai) of the Duomo, Florence's cathedral church

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A masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, The Statue of David completed by Michelangelo in 1504
A masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, The Statue of David completed by Michelangelo in 1504
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 Nicolás de Ovando y Cáceres appointed Governor of the Indies by Spanish Queen Isabella I

Queen of Castile Isabella I of Castile
Queen of Castile
Isabella I of Castile

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 13 Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
Michelangelo

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Oct 13 Maximilian of Austria & Louis XII of France sign Treaty of Trente

King of France Louis XII
King of France
Louis XII
  • Nov 4 Philip de Blank & Juana "la Loca" depart to Spain

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 16 Anthony Denny, English knight of the shire and confidant of King Henry VIII of England, born in England (d. 1559)
  • Jan 17 Leonhard Fuchs, German physician and botanist (Notable Commentaries on the History of Plants) for which the flowering plants and color Fuchsia is named after, born in Wemding, Bavaria (d. 1566)
  • Feb 24 Sixt(us) Birck [Xystus Betulius], German writer (Suzanna)
  • Apr 19 Erasmus Sarcerius, German Lutheran theologian and reformer, born in Annaberg, Saxony (d. 1559)
  • May 6 Marcellus II [Marcello Cervini], Italian humanist and Pope (1555, 22 days), born in Montefano, Marche, Papal States (d. 1555)
  • Jul 18 Isabella of Burgundy, wife of Christian II of Denmark, born in Brussels (d. 1526)

Person of interestGirolamo Cardano

Sep 24 Girolamo Cardano, Italian mathematician and astrologer (Ars Magna-1545), born in Pavia, Italy (d. 1576)

Mathematician Girolamo Cardano
Mathematician
Girolamo Cardano
  • Nov 25 Yi Hwang, Korean Confucian scholar of the Joseon Dynasty, born in Ongye-ri, Andong, North Gyeongsang Province (d. 1570)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 15 Heir to the English throne Prince Arthur marries Catherine of Aragon

Spanish Princess, Queen of England Catherine of Aragon
Spanish Princess, Queen of England
Catherine of Aragon

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Ali Sjir Neva'i [Fani], Turkish poet/author, dies at 59
  • Mar 20 Jean Carondelet, lawyer/chancellor of Burgundy (1480-96), dies at 72
  • May 22 Robert Gaguin, French writer/diplomat (Arte Metrificandi), dies at 66
  • Jun 17 Jan I Olbracht, King of Poland, dies
  • Sep 25 Džore Držić, Croatian poet and playwright who is considered one of the fathers of Croatian literature, dies at 40