1498 events in history

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
Aug 29 Vasco da Gama decides to depart Calicut and return to Kingdom of Portugal
Sep 20 The 1498 Nankai earthquake generates a tsunami that washes away the building housing the statue of the Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan; since then the Buddha has sat in the open air