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1515 in History

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 Francis, Duke of Angouleme succeeds King Louis XII as Francis I of France

  • Jan 1 Jews are expelled from Laibach Austria

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Apr 1 Portuguese fleet under Afonso de Albuquerque captures the Persian fortress of Ormuz, renaming it the Fort of Our Lady of the Conception

Admiral and Duke of Goa Afonso de Albuquerque
Admiral and Duke of Goa
Afonso de Albuquerque
  • May 19 George van Saksen-Meissen sells Friesland for 100,000 gold guilders to arch duke Charles
  • Jul 22 First Congress of Vienna settles issues between Poland and Holy Roman Empire - rise of the Habsburgs influence
  • Aug 25 Conquistador Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar founds Havana in modern day Cuba, on the southern coast of the island. Moved to its current location in 1519.

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Sep 13 -14] Battle at Marignano: France beats Habsburgers & Pope Leo X

Pope Leo X
Leo X
  • Sep 14 Battle at Marignano ends in French/Venetian victory
  • Nov 15 Thomas Wolsey is invested as an English Cardinal
  • Dec 24 Thomas Wolsey appointed Lord Chancellor of England

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 14 Frederick III, the Pious, Elector Palatine of the Rhine , born in Simmern, Germany (d. 1576)
  • Mar 28 Teresa of Avila/Teresa de Jesus, Spanish mystic writer/saint, born in Gotarrendura, Ávila (d. 1582)
  • Jul 21 St Philippus Nerius, [Philippo Neri], Italian merchant/priest, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1595)
  • Sep 8 Alfonso Salmeron, Spanish Jesuit biblical scholar, born in Toledo, Spain (d. 1585)

Person of interestAnne of Cleves

Sep 22 Anne of Cleves, Queen of England (1539-40), 4th wife of Henry VIII, born in Dusseldorf, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1557)

Queen of England Anne of Cleves
Queen of England
Anne of Cleves
  • Oct 4 Lucas Cranach the Younger, German painter, born in Wittenberg, Germany (d. 1586)
  • Oct 8 Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, born in Harbottle Castle, Northumberland, England (d. 1578)
  • Nov 22 Marie Guise, Queen consort of Scotland upon her marriage to King James V of Scotland in 1538, born in Bar-le-Duc, Duchy of Bar (d. 1560)
  • Dec 22 Mary of Guise [Mary of Lorraine], pro-French Queen of Scots (1538-42) and Regent of Scotland (1554-60), born in Bar-le-Duc, France (d. 1560)

Weddings in History

  • Jul 22 Anna of Bohemia (12) marries Karel van Ferdinand of Austria
  • Jul 22 Louis of Hungary (9) marries Maria of Bohemia & succession to Hungarian throne

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Louis XII, the Just, King of France (1498-1515), dies at 52
  • Feb 6 Aldus Manutius, Italian printer
  • Nov 5 Mariotto Albertinelli, Italian painter, dies at 41
  • Dec 2 Gonzalo de Cordoba, Spanish general/strategist/viceroy of Naples, dies

Person of interestAfonso de Albuquerque

Dec 15 Afonso de Albuquerque, Portuguese admiral, Duke of Goa and Viceroy of Portuguese India, dies at sea in sight of Goa at around 62

Admiral and Duke of Goa Afonso de Albuquerque
Admiral and Duke of Goa
Afonso de Albuquerque