On This Day

1504 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 King Louis XII loses last bulwark in Naples, Caeta

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Jan 31 Under the Treaty of Lyon, French King Louis XII cedes Naples to Ferdinand II of Aragon after defeat in the Italian War of 1499–1504

King of Aragon Ferdinand II of Aragon
King of Aragon
Ferdinand II of Aragon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 Christopher Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • Mar 31 France & Spain sign truce
  • Apr 1 English guilds/corp goes under state control
  • Apr 23 King Maximilian I routes troops to Bavaria
  • Aug 19 Battle of Knockdoe in Galway Ireland.

ItalyThe Statue of David

Sep 8 Michelangelo's statue of David is unveiled in Florence
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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
  • Sep 13 Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain issue a Royal Warrant for the construction of a Royal Chapel (Capilla Real) to be built.
  • Sep 22 Settled engagement of Karel of Luxembourg & Claudia the Beaujeu
  • Sep 22 Treaty of Blois: Philip of Burgundy and Maximilian I and Louis XII

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 Queen Isabella I of Spain signs her testament

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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Caspar Cruciger, German church reformer
  • Jan 17 Pius V [Antonio Ghislieri], Italian Pope (1566-72) who excommunicated Elizabeth I of England and arranged the formation of the Holy League (Battle of Lepanto), born in Bosco, Duchy of Milan (d. 1572)
  • Mar 31 Guru Angad Dev, second Sikh guru, born in Matte Di Sarai, Muktsar, Panjab (d. 1552)
  • Jun 2 George/Joris van Egmont, bishop of Utrecht
  • Jul 18 Heinrich Bullinger, Swiss religious reformer, born in Bremgarten, Switzerland (d. 1575)
  • Aug 6 Matthew "Nosey" Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, born in Norwich, England (d. 1575)
  • Nov 13 Philip I (the Generous), Landgrave of Hesse and important early protestant ruler, born in Marburg, Landgraviate of Hesse, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1567)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 18 Filippino Lippi, Italian renaissance painter, dies at ~52
  • May 5 Anton of Burgundy, the Great Bastard, knight, dies at about 82
  • May 31 Engelbert II, Earl of Nassau-Dillenburg-Dietz and viceroy of Luxembourg, dies at 53
  • Jul 2 Stephen III (Stefan the Great), ruler of Moldavia (1457-1504), dies

Person of interestIsabella I of Castile

Nov 26 Isabella I, Queen of Castile (1479-1504), patron of Christopher Columbus, who initiated the Spanish Inquisition with husband Ferdinand II of Aragon, dies at 53

Queen of Castile Isabella I of Castile
Queen of Castile
Isabella I of Castile
  • Dec 21 Bertold von Henneberg-Römhild, German archbishop and elector (b. 1442)