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Events in History in 1501

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Jan 14 Martin Luther enters the University of Erfurt, aged 17

Theologian and Founder of Protestantism Martin Luther
Theologian and Founder of Protestantism
Martin Luther

DiscoveryVoyage of Discovery

Jan 16 Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral and 6 ships begin their return voyage to Lisbon

  • Jan 17 Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna
  • May 20 Portuguese explorer João da Nova Castell discovers the Ascension Islands
  • Jul 15 Portuguese explorer Pedro Cabral arrives back in Lisbon after successfully discovering Brazil and returning from India

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Jul 27 Nicolaus Copernicus formally installed as a canon of Frauenberg Cathedral

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus

ItalyThe Statue of David

Aug 16 Michelangelo awarded the contract to create his statue of David by the Overseers of the Office of Works (the Operai) of the Duomo, Florence's cathedral church

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A masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, The Statue of David completed by Michelangelo in 1504
A masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, The Statue of David completed by Michelangelo in 1504
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Sep 3 Nicolás de Ovando y Cáceres appointed Governor of the Indies by Spanish Queen Isabella I

Queen of Castile Isabella I of Castile
Queen of Castile
Isabella I of Castile

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Sep 13 Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
Michelangelo

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Oct 13 Maximilian of Austria & Louis XII of France sign Treaty of Trente

King of France Louis XII
King of France
Louis XII
  • Nov 4 Philip de Blank & Juana "la Loca" depart to Spain