1497 events in history

Feb 7 The bonfire of the vanities occurs in which supporters of Girolamo Savonarola burn thousands of objects like cosmetics, art, and books in Florence, Italy
May 10 Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World
May 20 John Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship Matthew looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date)
Jun 17 Battle of Deptford Bridge – forces under King Henry VII defeat troops led by Michael An Gof
Jun 24 John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland leading the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings
Jun 27 Cornish rebels Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank are executed at Tyburn, London, England
Jul 8 Vasco da Gama sets sail on the first direct European voyage to India
Dec 16 Vasco da Gama rounds the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal