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Girolamo Savonarola organizes the "burning of vanities" in Florence .
Plaque commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Caboto's landing at Halifax Harbor;  The donor was the Italian province of Veneto, the table is decorated with the lion of St. Mark
Giovanni Caboto ,
Italian seafarer in English service, is the first European after Leif Eriksson to reach the North American continent.
Pinturiccio: Madonna
Pinturicchio paints a fresco in the cathedral of Spoleto .
1497 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 945/946 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1489/90
Aztec calendar 4. Feuerstein - Nahui Tecpatl (until the end of January / beginning of February: 3rd pipes - Jei Acatl )
Buddhist calendar 2040/41 (southern Buddhism); 2039/40 (alternative calculation according to Buddhas Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 69th (70th) cycle

Year of the Fire Snake丁巳 ( at the beginning of the year Fire Dragon 丙辰)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 859/860 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 3830/31 (2/3 October)
Iranian calendar 875/876
Islamic calendar 902/903 (turn of the year 29/30 August)
Jewish calendar 5257/58 (August 27-28)
Coptic calendar 1213/14
Malayalam calendar 672/673
Seleucid era Babylon: 1807/08 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 1808/09 (New Year October)

Spanish era 1535
Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1553/54 (turn of the year April)


The year 1497 at the Johanniskirche in Wernigerode

Politics and world events

Holy Roman Empire

Epistola contra sententiam excommunicationis

Southern Europe

British Islands

Northern and Eastern Europe

Voyages of discovery

North America
The sea route to India
The route da Gamas (black)

On behalf of the Portuguese ruler Manuel I of sailors leaving Vasco da Gama on 8 July the port of Lisbon in search of the sea route to India . His fleet consists of the flagship, the Nau São Gabriel , the Nau São Rafael under the command of his brother Paulo da Gama , another Nau under Nicolao Coelho as captain and a transport ship under the command of Gonçalo Nunes. A total of 150 to 170 men take part in the trip. The fleet includes the best pilots in Portugal, who are largely familiar with the current and wind conditions, especially in the South Atlantic. Bartolomeu Diaz , who sailed around the Cape of Good Hope for the first time in 1488, also accompanies the small fleet as an advisor to the Cape Verde Islands .

From here, Da Gama sails through the Atlantic Ocean on a long course to the west and clearly separates itself from the coast in order to avoid the well-known lulls in the Gulf of Guinea and to take advantage of better wind conditions. On November 4th, he reached Saint Helena Bay on the west coast of South Africa. Here contact is made with the locals and the ships are overhauled. The bypassing of the Cape of Good Hope succeeds only after several attempts on November 22nd and the fleet lands on November 25th at Aguada de São Braz , where a padrão is set up. At Christmas, the fleet reaches a stretch of land that da Gama calls Natal on this occasion , while the rest of the year the Portuguese follow the East African coast north.


science and technology

A chess problem with Lucena


Visual arts

  • Pinturicchio creates frescoes in the chapel of the Bishop of Eroli in the Cathedral of Santa Maria dell'Assunta in Spoleto .


Stultifera Navis

Sebastian Brant's satire Ship of Fools , written in 1494 , appears in the Latin translation Stultifera Navis by his pupil Jakob Locher on June 1st in Strasbourg, printed by Johannes Grüninger . This edition quickly spread across national borders and made Brant's work an international success. Locher's translation is not a literal, but rather a Latin adaptation that takes into account the expectations of the audience who knows Latin and their traditional educational background. A Middle Low German edition is printed by Hans van Ghetelen in Lübeck under the title Dat narren schyp .

Jakob Locher receives the poet's crown from Maximilian I as poeta laureatus .




Date of birth saved

Market square in Bretten with Melanchthon House , which was built as a memorial on the site of Philipp Melanchthon's

Exact date of birth unknown

Born around 1497


First half of the year

Robert Briçonnet

Second half of the year

Exact date of death unknown

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