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Ferdinand II.
Louis XII.
Ferdinand II of Aragon and Louis XII. of France
divide the Kingdom of Naples among themselves.
Satellite image of Ascension
The Portuguese João da Nova
discovered the island of Conceição , today's Ascension .
1501 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 949/950 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1493/94
Aztec calendar 8th flint - Chicuei Tecpatl (until the end of January / beginning of February: 7th pipes - Chicome Acatl )
Buddhist calendar 2044/45 (southern Buddhism); 2043/44 (alternative calculation according to Buddhas Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 69th (70th) cycle

Year of the metal rooster辛酉 ( at the beginning of the year metal monkey 庚申)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 863/864 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 3834/35 (October 2/3)
Iranian calendar 879/880
Islamic calendar 906/907 (turn of the year 16/17 July)
Jewish calendar 5261/62 (September 12-13)
Coptic calendar 1217/18
Malayalam calendar 676/677
Seleucid era Babylon: 1811/12 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 1812/13 (turn of the year October)

Spanish era 1539
Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1557/58 (turn of the year April)


Politics and world events

Northern and Eastern Europe

Holy Roman Empire

Southern and Western Europe


  • After several changes of power, Al-Ashraf Qansuh (II.) Al-Ghuri from the Burjiyya dynasty becomes Sultan of the Mamluks Empire in Egypt . He succeeds in pacifying the country and reasserting state authority. He expands the Mamluks army and employs more mercenaries. He also had a fleet built in the Red Sea and made alliances with the neighboring Arab states in order to counter the increased trade competition of the Portuguese after the discovery of the sea route to India.


Shah Ismail I, portrait by Cristofano dell'Altissimo

Voyages of discovery and European colonies

  • Ludovico de Varthema sets off from Venice on a trip to Asia. She initially takes him by ship to Alexandria in Egypt, from where he will soon travel on to Cairo . After a short stay, he travels to Beirut and from there to Damascus , where he stays for many months and learns the Arabic language.


science and technology

Hans Burgkmair the Elder :
The Insignia of the Poet College
  • Book printing in Venice : Ottaviano dei Petrucci invents sheet music printing with movable type. Around 1501 he published his first printed sheet music under the title Harmonice Musices Odhecaton , scores of canzones by well-known composers in polyphonic settings.



Visual arts




Flemish tapestry, Katharina and Arthur at their wedding



Historical maps and views

The second variant of the Romweg map by Erhard Etzlaub (oriented to the south)


Date of birth saved

Exact date of birth unknown


First half of the year

Second half of the year

Portrait of Agostino Barbarigos (by Giovanni Bellini )

Exact date of death unknown

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