Events in year of 1494

  • 01-01Juw Dekama elected potentate of Frisia
  • 01-25Alfonso II replaces his father as King of Naples
  • 05-03Columbus discovers Jamaica
  • 05-03Jamaica discovered by Columbus; he names it "St Iago"
  • 05-04Christopher Columbus lands in Jamaica
  • 05-05On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica
  • 06-07Treaty of Tordesillas, Spain and Portugal divide America
  • 11-18French King Charles VIII occupies Florence

People born in year of 1494

  • 02-20Johan Friis: Chancellor (Denmark, helped formed Lutheranism)
  • 03-01Il Bacchiacca [Franceso Ubertini]: Italian painter
  • 03-24Georgius Agricola: Germany -- Mineralogist (De Re Metallica)
  • 04-20John Agricola [Schneider]: German theologist / Prime Minister
  • 05-25Jacopo Pontormo II: Italy -- Painter (Sepulture of Christ)
  • 11-05Hans Sachs: Composer
  • 11-06Sulayman I [the Great]: Sultan of Turkey (1520-66)

People died in year of 1494

  • 01-25Ferdinand I: Cruel King of Naples
  • 08-11Hans Memling [John Memlinc]: Flemish Painter (Passietaferelen)
  • 10-22Gian Galeazzo: Italian Duke of Milan (1476-94)
  • 11-08Melozzo da Forli: Italian painter, dies at about 56

Events in year of 1495

  • 01-28Pope gives his son Cesare Borgia as hostage to Charles VIII of France
  • 02-22French King Charles VIII enters Naples to claim crown
  • 05-20French King Charles VIII leaves Naples
  • 05-31Emperor Maximilian, Pope Alexander VI, Milan, King Ferdinand, Isabella and Venice sign anti-French Saint League
  • 06-011st written record of Scotch Whiskey appears in Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, Friar John Cor is the distiller
  • 07-06Battle at Fornovo: French King Charles VIII beats St. League
  • 07-07King Ferdinand II returns to Naples
  • 07-20French Viceroy of Naples Montpensier surrenders
  • 11-27Scottish King James IV receives bedrieger Perkin Warbeck

People born in year of 1495

  • 03-06Luigi Alamanni: Italian poet (Opere Toscane, La Coltivazione)
  • 03-25Leonhard Paminger: Composer
  • 08-01Jan Scorel: Dutch painter / architect
  • 11-21John Bale: England, United Kingdom -- Bishop / anti-Catholic playwright (Kynge Johan)

People died in year of 1495

  • 02-10William Stanley: Engl lord chamberlain, executed for conspiracy
  • 02-25Djem Sultan: Son of Turkish Sultan Mehmed II, dies at 35
  • 10-25John II [the Perfect / Consummate]: King of Portugal (1481-95)
  • 11-19Alfonso II: King of Naples (1494-95)