Events in year of 1502

  • 01-01Portuguese navigators discover Rio de Janeiro
  • 02-12Granada: Moslems forced to convert to Catholicism
  • 02-25Austrian Emperor Maximilian I reformats government machine
  • 03-11Tebriz: Shah Ismail I of Persia crowned
  • 05-09Columbus left Spain on his 4th and final trip to New World
  • 05-11Columbus begins 4th and last trip to "Indies"
  • 05-21Portuguese Admiral Da Nova discovers St. Helena
  • 06-19Emperor Maximilian I and England sign treaty of Antwerp
  • 08-08Jacobus IV of Scotland marries Margaretha Tudor
  • 09-18Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th and last voyage
  • 10-16Storm ravages Friese coast
  • 12-31Cesare Borgia (son of Pope Alexander VI) occupies Urbino

People born in year of 1502

  • 01-10Hendrik Niclaes: German / Dutch Merchant / cult leader (Children of God)
  • 06-07Gregory XIII: Pope, introduced Gregorian calendar in 1582
  • 07-27Pier Francesco Corteccia: Composer
  • 08-04Pieter Coecke van Aelst: Flemish painter / carpet designer

People died in year of 1502

  • 01-01Gregorius XIII [Ugo Buoncampagni]: Italy -- Pope (1572-85)
  • 02-01Olivier de la Marche: Flemish writer / Poet / governor
  • 04-15Jan IV Chalon: Prince of Orange
  • 12-23Margaretha: English Princess of Burgundy, dies at 57

Events in year of 1503

  • 01-20Casa Contratacion (Board of Trade) found (Spain) to deal with American affairs
  • 02-18Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)
  • 05-10Columbus discovers Cayman Islands
  • 10-30Queen Isabella of Spain bans violence against indians
  • 11-11Pope Julius II elected
  • 12-29Battle at Carigliano: Spanish army beats France

People born in year of 1503

  • 01-11Francesco Parmigianino: Italian artist (Madonna with the Long Neck)
  • 03-10Ferdinand I: German Emperor (1558-64)
  • 03-19Benedetto Varchi: Italian humanist / historian (Storia Fiorentina)
  • 06-01Wilhelm von Grumbach: German lt col
  • 06-30Johan Frederik: Elector of Saxon (1532-47)
  • 08-12Christian III: King of Denmark / Norway (1534-59)
  • 11-17Il Bronzino: Florentine painter (Eleanor de Toledo and her Son)

People died in year of 1503

  • 02-04Queen Elizabeth: Consort of Henry VII of England
  • 02-11Elizabeth of York: Consort of King Henry VII, dies on 38th birthday
  • 02-15Henry Deane: Archbishop of Canterbury (1501-03)
  • 08-18Alexander VI [Rodrigo de Borja]: Spanish Pope (1492-1503)
  • 10-18Pius III [Francesco Todeschini]: Pope (9 / 22-10 / 18 / 1503)