On This Day

1508 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 4 Maximilian I assumes imperial title without being crowned
  • Feb 6 Maximilian I proclaimed Holy Roman Emperor, 1st Emperor in centuries not to be crowned by the Pope

Victory in battleNew Settlement

Aug 8 Spaniard Juan Ponce de León founds Caparra the first European settlement in Puerto Rico

Explorer and Conquistador Juan Ponce de León
Explorer and Conquistador
Juan Ponce de León
  • Oct 29 Gelderse troops occupies Kuinre
  • Dec 10 League of the kingdom signed (covenant against Venice)

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 9 Primož Trubar, Slovenian Protestant reformer (d. 1586)
  • Nov 30 Andrea Palladio [Andrea di Pietro della Gondola], Italian architect (Il Redentore, Venice), born in Padua, Italy (d. 1580)
  • Dec 24 Pietro Carnesecchi, Italian humanist, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1567)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 4 Conrad Celtes, German humanist scholar, dies at 49

Person of interestLudovico Sforza

May 27 Ludovico Sforza [il Moro], Italian duke of Milan, dies at 55

Duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza
Duke of Milan
Ludovico Sforza
  • Jul 31 Na'od, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1494)
  • Aug 16 Henry van Stolberg & Wernigerode, German viceroy of Friesland, dies at 41
  • Oct 13 Edmund de Ros, 11th Baron de Ros, English politician (b. 1446)
  • Dec 10 René II, Duke of Lorraine, dies at 57