1498 in history

1498 events chronologically

Mar 2 Vasco da Gama's fleet visits the Island of Mozambique
May 20 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama discovers the sea route to India when he arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India
May 23 Girolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake in Florence, Italy
Jul 31 On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to discover the island of Trinidad
Aug 1 Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela
Aug 17 Cesare Borgia, son of Pope Alexander VI, becomes the first person in history to resign the cardinalate. On the same day, the French King Louis XII names him Duke of Valentinois
Aug 26 Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà

Top 7 most famous people born in 1498

Apr 5 Giovanni dalle Bande Nere an Italian condottiero.
Apr 9 Jean Cardinal of Lorraine a French cardinal, who was archbishop of Reims, Lyon and Narbonne, bishop of Metz, Toul, Verdun, Thérouanne, Luçon, Albi, Valence, Nantes and Agen. He is sometimes known as the cardinal de Lorraine
Jun 1 Maarten van Heemskerck a Dutch portrait and religious painter, who spent most of his career in Haarlem. He was a pupil of Jan van Scorel, and adopted his teacher's Italian-influenced style. He spent the years 1532–6 in Italy. He produced many designs for engravers, and is especially known for his depictions of the Wonders of the World
Aug 23 Miguel da Paz Prince of Portugal a Portuguese royal infante , son of King Manuel I of Portugal and his first wife Isabella of Asturias. He was recognised as heir both to his father's kingdom of Portugal, and to his grandparents' kingdoms of Castile, León and Aragon. As such, he was styled Prince of Portugal, Prince of Asturias and Prince of Girona
Nov 15 Eleanor of Austria born an Archduchess of Austria and Infanta of Castile from the House of Habsburg, and subsequently became Queen consort of Portugal and of France. She also held the Duchy of Touraine as dower. She is called "Leonor" in Spanish and Portuguese and "Eléonore" or "Aliénor" in French
Nov 30 Andrés de Urdaneta a Spanish circumnavigator, explorer and Augustinian friar. As a navigator he achieved in 1536 the "second" world circumnavigation. Urdaneta discovered and plotted a path across the Pacific from the Philippines to Acapulco in the Viceroyalty of New Spain used by the Manila galleons, which came to be known as "Urdaneta's route." He was considered as "protector of the Indians" for his treatment of the Filipino natives; also Cebu and the Philippines' first prelate
Dec 19 Andreas Osiander a German Lutheran theologian.

Top 7 most famous people died in 1498

Feb 4 Antonio del Pollaiolo an Italian painter, sculptor, engraver and goldsmith during the Renaissance.
Apr 7 Charles VIII of France a monarch of the House of Valois who ruled as King of France from 1483 to his death in 1498. He succeeded his father Louis XI at the age of 13. His elder sister Anne of France acted as regent jointly with her husband Peter II, Duke of Bourbon until 1491 when the young king turned 21 years of age. During Anne's regency, the great lords rebelled against royal centralisation efforts in a conflict known as the Mad War , which resulted in a victory for the royal government
May 23 Girolamo Savonarola an Italian Dominican friar and preacher active in Renaissance Florence, and known for his prophecies of civic glory, destruction of secular art and culture, and calls for Christian renewal. He denounced clerical corruption, despotic rule and the exploitation of the poor. He prophesied the coming of a biblical flood and a new Cyrus from the north who would reform the Church. This seemed confirmed when Charles VIII of France invaded Italy and threatened Florence. While Savonarola intervened with the king, the Florentines expelled the ruling Medici and, at the friar’s urging, established a "popular" republic. Declaring that Florence would be the New Jerusalem, the world center of Christianity and "richer, more powerful, more glorious than ever", he instituted an extreme puritanical campaign, enlisting the active help of Florentine youth
Aug 23 Isabella of Aragon Queen of Portugal a Queen consort of Portugal and heiress presumptive of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile as their eldest daughter. Her younger sisters were Catherine, Queen of England, Queen Joanna I of Castile, and Maria, Queen of Portugal
Sep 16 Tomás de Torquemada a Spanish Dominican friar and the first Grand Inquisitor in Spain's movement to restore Christianity among its populace in the late 15th century.
Sep 24 Cristoforo Landino an Italian humanist and an important figure of the Florentine Renaissance.
Oct 20 Koca Davud Pasha an Albanian general and grand vizier of the Ottoman Empire from 1482 to 1497 during the reign of Bayezid He became a damat to the Ottoman dynasty by marrying an Ottoman princess.