On This Day

1277 Pedro Hispano, known as Pope John XXI, one of the great religious spirits according to Dante, dies.
1500 Marriage of Manuel of Portugal to María, youngest daughter of the Catholic Monarchs. By virtue of this marriage, Felipe II will claim his rights to the Portuguese throne.
1506 Christopher Columbus dies in Valladolid, Spain.
1522 Pedro Arias Dávila founded the city of Natá de los Caballeros, Panama.
1536 Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour.
1543 The eminent astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus dies.
1591 Juan Ramírez de Velasco founded the city of Todos los Santos de La Nueva Rioja (Argentina).
1741 Blas de Lezo defeats Admiral Vernon's invading force in Cartagena de Indias.
1882 Germany, Austria and Italy form the Triple Alliance against France.