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1513 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 20 Christian II succeeds Johan I as Danish and Norwegian king

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11 Giovanni de' Medici chosen Pope Leo X

Pope Leo X
Leo X

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

Mar 27 Spaniard Juan Ponce de León and his expedition first sight Florida

Explorer and Conquistador Juan Ponce de León
Explorer and Conquistador
Juan Ponce de León
  • Apr 2 Explorer Juan Ponce de León claims Florida for Spain as the first known European to reach Florida
  • Jun 6 Battle of Novara, the War of the League of Cambrai: the Swiss Confederacy defeat the French

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Aug 16 Battle of the Spurs at Guinegate (now Eguinegatte): Henry VIII of England and Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I beat France

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • Sep 9 Battle of Flodden Fields; English defeat James IV of Scotland
  • Sep 23 King Henry III & Emperor Maximilian conquer Doornik
  • Sep 25 Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa crosses the Panama Isthmus becoming first European to see the Pacific Ocean
  • Oct 7 Battle of La Motta: Spanish troops under Ramón de Cardona defeat the Venetians.

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 9 John van Hembyze, Flemish Calvinist, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1584)
  • Jul 20 Gaspar Schetz, Dutch treasurer-general, born in Antwerp (d. 1580)
  • Sep 24 Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg, Queen of Gustav I of Sweden, born in Ratzeburg, Germany (d. 1535)
  • Oct 30 Jacques Amyot, French humanist, translator and Abbot of Bellozanne, born in Melun (d. 1593)
  • Dec 23 Thomas Smith, English diplomat and scholar (d. 1577)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 8 Alonso de Ojeda, Spanish explorer (Curacao & Bonaire), dies

Person of interestJulius II

Feb 21 Julius II, Italian Pope (1503-13) and patron of Michelangelo, Bramante and Raphael, dies at 69

The Warrior Pope Julius II
The Warrior Pope
Julius II
  • Mar 10 John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford, English commander (b. 1443)
  • Sep 9 James IV, King of Scots (1488-1513), dies in battle at 40
  • Dec 25 Johannes Amerbach, Swiss publisher/printer, dies at about 70