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Events in History

  • Jan 22 The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrive at the Vatican
  • Apr 18 The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid in the Vatican
  • Apr 30 Philip of Burgundy & England sign trade agreement

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

May 19 Christopher Columbus selects his son Diego Columbus as sole heir

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 Pope Julius II & France occupy Bologna

The Warrior Pope Julius II
The Warrior Pope
Julius II

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 RenĂ© de Birague, French cardinal and chancellor (d. 1583)
  • Feb 11 Juliana van Stolberg, engraver of Nassau
  • Apr 7 Francis Xavier, saint/Jesuit missionary to India, Malaya, & Japan
  • Apr 13 Peter Faber, French Jesuit theologian (d. 1546)
  • Jul 1 Louis II, king of Hungary/Bohemia (1516-26)

Weddings in History

  • May 29 Earl Willem I van Nassau-Dillenburg weds countess Walburg van Egmont

Deaths in History

  • May 4 Husayn Bayqarah, ruler of Herat (b. 1438)

Person of interestChristopher Columbus

May 20 Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer and navigator who discovered the "New World" for Spain and initiated European colonization, dies around the age of 54

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • Aug 8 Sesshu Toyo, Zen monk/painter, dies in Yamaguchi Japan at 86
  • Sep 13 Andrea Mantegna, Italian painter
  • Sep 25 Felipe I, the handsome, King of Castile (Spain) (1504-06), dies