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Anton II
Anton II becomes
Duke of Lorraine .
Maximilian I.
Maximilian I accepts the title of Elected Roman Emperor .
The baptism of Christ
Gerard David paints The Baptism of Christ .
1508 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 956/957 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1500/01
Aztec calendar 2nd tubes - Ome Acatl (until the end of January / beginning of February: 1st rabbit Ce Tochtli )
Buddhist calendar 2051/52 (southern Buddhism); 2050/51 (alternative calculation according to Buddhas Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 70th (71st) cycle

Year of the earth dragon戊辰 ( at the beginning of the year fire rabbit 丁卯)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 870/871 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 3841/42 (October 2/3)
Iranian calendar 886/887
Islamic calendar 913/914 (turn of the year May 1st / 2nd)
Jewish calendar 5268/69 (August 25-26)
Coptic calendar 1224/25
Malayalam calendar 683/684
Seleucid era Babylon: 1818/19 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 1819/20 (turn of the year October)

Spanish era 1546
Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1564/65 (turn of the year April)


Politics and world events

Holy Roman Empire

Wilhelm IV of Bavaria
Archbishop Philip II of Daun; Detail from the Passion Window in Cologne Cathedral, 1508

Southern and Western Europe

Central and Eastern Europe

North africa

Map of Africa 1508


Portuguese India


European voyages of discovery

Map showing the possible itinerary Cabots 1508/09

science and technology

Manuscript F , folio 18v-19r



Visual arts

  • February 21 : Michelangelo completes the bronze statue of Pope Julius II in Bologna and is then called back to Rome by him, but not, as he assumed, to finish the Pope's tomb, but to paint the Sistine Chapel , an undertaking which Michelangelo only accepts with reservations and little enthusiasm.
The praying hands of Dürer
The storm

Literature and theater




Date of birth saved

Exact date of birth unknown

Born around 1508


First half of the year

Giovanni II Bentivoglio

Second half of the year

Exact date of death unknown

  • Isaak Abrabanel , Jewish Bible commentator and philosopher, politician and financier in the service of the kings of Portugal, Spain and Naples and the Doges of Venice (* 1437 )
  • Johann Bere , councilor of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck (* before 1460)
  • Wolfgang Katzheimer , German painter and graphic artist (* around 1450 )
  • Nephon II , Patriarch of Constantinople and Orthodox Saint

Web links

Commons : 1508  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files