1502 in history

1502 events chronologically

Jan 1 The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is first explored by the Portuguese
Feb 12 Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India
May 21 The island of Saint Helena is discovered by the Portuguese explorer João da Nova
Jun 15 Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Martinique on his fourth voyage
Jul 30 Christopher Columbus lands at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage
Sep 18 Christopher Columbus lands at Honduras on his fourth, and final, voyage

Top 7 most famous people born in 1502

Jan 7 Pope Gregory XIII Pope of the Catholic Church from 13 May 1572 to his death in 1585. He is best known for commissioning and being the namesake for the Gregorian calendar, which remains the internationally accepted civil calendar to this day
Feb 2 Damião de Góis an important Portuguese humanist philosopher. He was a friend and student of Erasmus. He was appointed secretary to the Portuguese factory in Antwerp in 1523 by King John III of Portugal. He compiled one of the first accounts on Ethiopian Christianity
Mar 18 Philibert of Chalon the last prince of Orange from the house of Chalon.
Apr 10 Otto Henry Elector Palatine Count Palatine of Palatinate-Neuburg from 1505 to 1559 and prince elector of the Palatinate from 1556 to 1559. He was a son of Rupert, Count Palatine, third son of Philip, Elector Palatine; and of Elizabeth of Bavaria-Landshut, daughter of George of Bavaria
Apr 25 Georg Major a Lutheran theologian of the Protestant Reformation. He was born in Nuremberg and died at Wittenberg
Jun 7 John III of Portugal the King of Portugal and the Algarves from 13 December 1521 to 11 June 1557. He was the son of King Manuel I and Maria of Aragon, the third daughter of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile. John succeeded his father in 1521, at the age of nineteen
Aug 14 Pieter Coecke van Aelst a Flemish painter appointed court painter to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, in 1534.

Top 7 most famous people died in 1502

Feb 18 Hedwig Jagiellon Duchess of Bavaria the eldest daughter of King Casimir IV Jagiellon of Poland and Archduchess Elisabeth Habsburg of Hungary.
Mar 12 Francesco Laurana a Dalmatian-born sculptor and medallist. He is considered both a Croatian and an Italian sculptor
Apr 2 Arthur Prince of Wales Prince of Wales, Earl of Chester and Duke of Cornwall as the eldest son and heir apparent of Henry VII of England and his wife, Elizabeth of York—daughter of Edward IV—and his birth thus cemented the union between the House of Tudor and the House of York. He was their eldest child and was born months after their marriage. Arthur was viewed by contemporaries as the great hope of the newly established House of Tudor, as his birth symbolised the end of the Wars of the Roses, during which his great-uncle Richard III, the final Yorkist king, had died in battle
May 6 James Tyrrell an English knight, a trusted servant of King Richard III of England. He is known for confessing to the murders of the Princes in the Tower under Richard's orders. However, his statement may have been taken under torture, so the confession might not be genuine. William Shakespeare portrays Tyrrell as the man who organises the princes' murder in Richard III
Sep 20 Albrecht Dürer the Elder a goldsmith in Nuremberg and the father of the Northern Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer.
Dec 31 Vitellozzo Vitelli an Italian condottiero. He was lord of Montone, Città di Castello, Monterchi and Anghiari
Dec 31 Oliverotto Euffreducci described in Niccolò Machiavelli's Il Principe.