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Year 1500
1500
(MD ) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar
Julian calendar
.

The year was seen as being especially important by many Christians in Europe, who thought it would bring the beginning of the end of the world . Their belief was based on the phrase "half-time after the time", when the apocalypse was due to occur, which appears in the Book of Revelation and was seen as referring to 1500.

Historically, the year 1500
1500
is also often identified, somewhat arbitrarily, as marking the end of the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
and beginning of the Modern Era
Modern Era
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Events

* 1.1 January–June * 1.2 July–December * 1.3 Date unknown

* 2 Births

* 3 Deaths

* 3.1 January–June * 3.2 July–December

* 4 References

EVENTS

JANUARY–JUNE

* January 5 – Duke Ludovico Sforza recaptures Milan
Milan
, but is soon driven out again by the French . * January 26 – Spanish navigator Vicente Yáñez Pinzón reaches the northern coast of Brazil . * February 17 Battle of Hemmingstedt : The Danish army fails to conquer the peasants' republic of Dithmarschen
Dithmarschen
. * April 22 – Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral
Pedro Álvares Cabral
officially discovers Brazil, and claims the land for the Kingdom of Portugal
Kingdom of Portugal
. He has 13 vessels with him.

JULY–DECEMBER

* July 14 Battle of Vedrosha : The Muscovites defeat the Lithuanians and the Poles . * August
August
Second Battle of Lepanto : The Turkish fleet of Kemal Reis defeats the Venetians . The Turks proceed to capture Modon and Coron , the "two eyes of the Republic". * August
August
10 – Diogo Dias discovers an island which he names St Lawrence (after the saint's day on which it was first sighted), later to be known as Madagascar
Madagascar
. * November 11 – Treaty of Granada : Louis XII of France and Ferdinand II of Aragon
Ferdinand II of Aragon
agree to divide the Kingdom of Naples
Kingdom of Naples
between them. * November 16 Emperor Go-Kashiwabara
Emperor Go-Kashiwabara
accedes to the throne of Meiō era Japan. * December 24 – The Siege of the Castle of St. George ends, and the island of Cephalonia
Cephalonia
is captured by a joint Venetian–Spanish fleet. * December 31 – The last of the incunabula are published.

DATE UNKNOWN

* Europe's population is estimated at 56.7 million people (Spielvogel ). * Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
is admitted to baccalaureate . * Saxony 's mint at Annaberg begins producing guldengroschens . * Although other reports exist, it is thought that the last wolf in England was killed this year, making the species extinct in that country. The wolf is thought to have been killed in Allithwaite , in Cumbria
Cumbria
. However, reports of wolf sightings and laws concerning wolf bounties existed in rural areas of the north until the 18th century.

BIRTHS

Emperor Charles V

* January 1 Solomon Molcho , Portuguese mystic (d. 1532 ) * January 6 John of Ávila , Spanish mystic and saint (d. 1569
1569
) * February 7 João de Castro
João de Castro
, Portuguese nobleman and fourth viceroy of Portuguese India (d. 1548 ) * February 22 – Cardinal Rodolfo Pio da Carpi , Italian humanist (d. 1564 ) * February 24 Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
(d. 1558 ) * March 12 Reginald Pole
Reginald Pole
, Archbishop of Canterbury
Archbishop of Canterbury
(d. 1558 ) * April 12 Joachim Camerarius
Joachim Camerarius
, German classical scholar (d. 1574 )

* April 23

* Alexander Ales , Scottish theologian (d. 1565
1565
) * Johann Stumpf , Swiss writer (d. 1576 )

* April 27 Louis, Count of Vaudémont , Italian bishop (d. 1528 ) * May 17 Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua
Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua
(d. 1540
1540
) * June 13 – Ernest of Bavaria , pledge lord of the County of Glatz (d. 1560 ) * July 2 Federico Cesi (cardinal) , Italian cardinal (d. 1565
1565
) * July 20 Lorenzo Cybo , Italian condottiero (d. 1549 ) * August
August
16 – Louis Gonzaga (Rodomonte) , Italian-French dignitary and diplomat (d. 1532 ) * September 5 Maria of Jever , last ruler of the Lordship of Jever (d. 1575 ) * September 7 Sebastian Newdigate , Carthusian monk and martyr (d. 1535 ) * September 17 Sebastiano Antonio Pighini , Italian cardinal (d. 1553
1553
) * September 26 Ludovica Torelli , Count of Guastalla (d. 1569
1569
) * October 17 Alonso de Orozco Mena , Spanish Roman Catholic priest (d. 1591
1591
) * November 3 Benvenuto Cellini
Benvenuto Cellini
, Italian goldsmith and sculptor (d. 1571 ) * December 6 Nicolaus Mameranus , Luxembourgian soldier and historian (d. 1567
1567
)

* Probable

* Johannes Aal , Swiss theologian and composer (d. 1553
1553
) * Charles Dumoulin , French jurist (d. 1566
1566
) * Wu Cheng\'en , Chinese novelist (d. 1582
1582
) * Heinrich Faber , German music theorist (d. 1552 ) * Francisco de Moraes , Portuguese writer (d. 1572
1572
) * Mem de Sá , Governor-General of Brazil (d. 1572
1572
) * Jeanne de la Font , French poet and culture patron (d. 1532 )

DEATHS

Leonhard of Gorizia Henry VII of England
Henry VII of England
Alfonso of Aragon

JANUARY–JUNE

* February 17 William III, Landgrave of Hesse (b. 1471 ) * April 10 Michael Tarchaniota Marullus , Greek scholar, poet and soldier (b. c. 1453 ) * April 12 Leonhard of Gorizia , Count of Gorz (b. 1440
1440
)

* May 29

* Bartolomeu Dias
Bartolomeu Dias
, Portuguese explorer (b. c. 1450
1450
) * Thomas Rotherham , English cleric and minister (b. 1423 )

* June 19 Edmund Tudor, Duke of Somerset , English nobleman (b. 1499 ) * June 23 Lodovico Lazzarelli , Italian poet (b. 1447
1447
)

JULY–DECEMBER

* July 14 – Íñigo López de Mendoza y Luna, 2nd Duke of the Infantado , Spanish noble (b. 1438 ) * July 19 Miguel da Paz, Prince of Portugal (b. 1498 ) * August
August
18 – Alfonso of Aragon , prince (b. 1481 ) * August
August
26 – Philipp I, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg , German noble (b. 1449 ) * August
August
30 – Victor, Duke of Münsterberg and Opava, Count of Glatz (b. 1443 ) * September 12 Albert III, Duke of Saxony
Albert III, Duke of Saxony
(b. 1443 ) * September 15 – John Morton , English Archbishop of Canterbury (b. c. 1420 ) * October 1 – John Alcock , English Bishop of Ely (b. c. 1430 ) * October 21 Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado of Japan (b. 1442 )