On This Day

1512 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 5 French troops under Gaston de Foix rescues Bologna
  • Feb 16 Battle at Valeggio: French troops beat Venetianen
  • Feb 19 French troops under Gaston de Foix occupy Brescia

Battle of InterestBattle of Ravenna

Apr 11 Battle of Ravenna: French forces under Gaston de Foix defeat the Holy League in a major battle of the Italian Wars
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The Battle of Ravenna, fought between forces of the Holy League and France
The Battle of Ravenna, fought between forces of the Holy League and France

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May 3 Pope Julius II opens 5th Council of Lateran at St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome

The Warrior Pope Julius II
The Warrior Pope
Julius II
  • Aug 10 Battle of Saint-Mathieu (also called the Battle of Brest): an English fleet of 25 ships commanded by Sir Edward Howard and a Franco-Breton fleet of 22 ships commanded by René de Clermont.

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Oct 19 Martin Luther becomes a doctor of theology (Doctor in Biblia)

Founder of Protestanism Martin Luther
Founder of Protestanism
Martin Luther

Papal VisitThe Protestant Reformation

Oct 21 Martin Luther joins the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg.
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1517 copy of Martin Luther's 95 theses, the publication of which began the Protestant Reformation in Europe
1517 copy of Martin Luther's 95 theses, the publication of which began the Protestant Reformation in Europe

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Nov 1 Michelangelo's paintings on ceiling of Sistine Chapel in the Vatican first exhibited

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
Michelangelo

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Nov 7 Medici's discharge Niccolo Machiavelli from Florence

Humanist philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli
Humanist philosopher
Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Dec 27 Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in the New World

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 31 King Henry of Portugal (d. 1580)
  • Mar 5 Gerardus Mercator, Rupelmonde (Belgium), geographer/mapmaker
  • Apr 10 James V, King of Scotland (1513-42), born in Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, Scotland (d. 1542)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Svante, Regent of Sweden, dies at ~52
  • Feb 2 Hatüey, Taíno chief known as Cuba's First National Hero, is burned alive by Spanish colonialists

Person of interestAmerigo Vespucci

Feb 22 Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer (America), dies at 60

  • Apr 3 Richard Pafraet, Dutch printer, dies
  • Apr 11 Gaston de Foix, French pretender to Navarra throne, dies in battle
  • May 21 Pandolfo Petrucci, Italian ruler of the Republic of Siena (1500-12) during the Renaissance, dies at 60
  • May 26 Bayezid II, Ottoman Sultan (1481-1512) dies at 62
  • Aug 2 Alessandro Achillini, Italian physician and philosopher, dies at 48
  • Oct 15 Antoon Keldermans, Flem builder (Middelburg town hall), dies at 72
  • Nov 16 Gerbrand Mockema, Fries rebel, beheaded
  • Nov 16 Jemme Herjuwsma, Fries rebel, beheaded
  • Nov 17 Kempo Roeper, Frisian rebel, quartered