1478 in history

1478 events chronologically

Feb 18 George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is executed in private at the Tower of London
Apr 26 The Pazzi attack Lorenzo de' Medici and kill his brother Giuliano during High Mass in the Duomo of Florence

Top 7 most famous people born in 1478

Feb 3 Edward Stafford 3rd Duke of Buckingham an English nobleman. He was the son of Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, and Katherine Woodville, whose sister, Queen Elizabeth Woodville, was the wife of King Edward He was convicted of treason, and executed on 17 May 1521
Feb 7 Thomas More an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and noted Renaissance humanist. He was an important councillor to Henry VIII and Lord Chancellor from October 1529 to 16 May 1532. More opposed the Protestant Reformation, in particular the theology of Martin Luther and William Tyndale. More also wrote Utopia, published in 1516, about the political system of an ideal and imaginary island nation. More later opposed the King's separation from the Catholic Church and refused to accept him as Supreme Head of the Church of England because it denied papal authority and he also opposed Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn. Tried for treason, More was convicted, likely due to perjured testimony, and beheaded
May 26 Pope Clement VII Pope from 19 November 1523 to his death in 1534.
Jul 8 Gian Giorgio Trissino an Italian Renaissance humanist, poet, dramatist, diplomat, and grammarian.
Jul 15 Barbara Jagiellon a princess of Poland and a Duchess of Saxony.
Jul 22 Philip I of Castile the first member of the house of Habsburg to be King of Castile. The son of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, at age 3 Philip inherited the greater part of the Duchy of Burgundy and the Burgundian Netherlands from his mother, Mary, and at 27 briefly succeeded to the Crown of Castile as the husband of Queen Joanna, who was also heiress-presumptive to the Crown of Aragon. He was the first Habsburg monarch in Spain. He never inherited his father's territories, nor became Holy Roman Emperor, because he predeceased his father, but his son Emperor Charles V eventually united the Habsburg, Burgundian, Castilian, and Aragonese inheritances
Dec 6 Baldassare Castiglione an Italian courtier, diplomat, soldier and a prominent Renaissance author.

Top 7 most famous people died in 1478

Jan 6 Uzun Hassan a sultan of the Aq Qoyunlu dynasty, also known as the White Sheep Turkomans. Hassan was ruler of Iran which included also parts of present-day Iraq, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia between 1453 and 1478
Feb 18 George Plantagenet 1st Duke of Clarence the third son of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, and Cecily Neville, and the brother of English Kings Edward IV and Richard III. He played an important role in the dynastic struggle between rival factions of the Plantagenets known as the Wars of the Roses
Apr 26 Giuliano de' Medici the second son of Piero de' Medici and Lucrezia Tornabuoni. As co-ruler of Florence, with his brother Lorenzo the Magnificent, he complemented his brother's image as the "patron of the arts" with his own image as the handsome, sporting, "golden boy."
Jun 12 Ludovico III Gonzaga Marquis of Mantua the ruler of the Italian city of Mantua from 1444 to his death in 1478.
Aug 23 Yolande of Valois a Duchess consort of Savoy. She was a daughter of King Charles VII of France, "The Victorious," and Marie of Anjou. She married Duke Amadeus IX of Savoy in 1452. She was named after her grandmother, Yolande of Aragon. She is sometimes known as Yolande of France. Yolande acted as regent of Savoy in 1472-78
Oct 25 Catherine of Bosnia Queen of Bosnia as the wife of King Stephen Thomas. She was a daughter of Stjepan Vukčić Kosača, Duke of Saint Sava. Her Bosnian name is often rendered Katarina Kosača or Kosača-Kotromanić; Bosnian in Cyrillic: Катарина Косача Котроманић
Dec 12 Johannes Mentelin a pioneering German book printer and bookseller active during the period during which incunabula were printed. In 1466, he published the first printed Bible in the German language, the Mentelin Bible