Millennium:2nd millennium
  • 14th century
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  • 1470s
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  • 1493
  • 1494
  • 1495
  • 1496
  • 1497
  • 1498
  • 1499
1496 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1496
Ab urbe condita2249
Armenian calendar945
Assyrian calendar6246
Balinese saka calendar1417–1418
Bengali calendar903
Berber calendar2446
English Regnal year11 Hen. 7 – 12 Hen. 7
Buddhist calendar2040
Burmese calendar858
Byzantine calendar7004–7005
Chinese calendar乙卯(Wood Rabbit)
4192 or 4132
    — to —
丙辰年 (Fire Dragon)
4193 or 4133
Coptic calendar1212–1213
Discordian calendar2662
Ethiopian calendar1488–1489
Hebrew calendar5256–5257
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1552–1553
 - Shaka Samvat1417–1418
 - Kali Yuga4596–4597
Holocene calendar11496
Igbo calendar496–497
Iranian calendar874–875
Islamic calendar901–902
Japanese calendarMeiō 5
Javanese calendar1413–1414
Julian calendar1496
Korean calendar3829
Minguo calendar416 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar28
Thai solar calendar2038–2039
Tibetan calendar阴木兔年
(female Wood-Rabbit)
1622 or 1241 or 469
    — to —
(male Fire-Dragon)
1623 or 1242 or 470

Year 1496 (MCDXCVI) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.



  • FebruaryPietro Bembo's Petri Bembi de Aetna Angelum Chalabrilem liber, a description of a journey to Mount Etna, is published in Venice by Aldus Manutius, the first book printed in the old-style serif or humanist typeface cut by Francesco Griffo (known from the 20th century as Bembo) and with early adoption of the semicolon (dated 1495 according to the more veneto).
  • February 24 – King Henry VII of England signs the commercial treaty Intercursus Magnus with Venice, Florence, and the cities of the Hanseatic League and the Netherlands.[1]
  • March 5 – Henry VII of England issues letters patent to Italian-born adventurer John Cabot and his sons, authorizing them to discover unknown lands.[2]
  • March 10Christopher Columbus leaves Hispaniola for Spain, ending his second visit to the Western Hemisphere. During his time here he has forcibly subjugated the island, enslaved the Taíno, and laid the basis for a system of land grants tied to the Taíno's enslavement.
  • June 12Jesus College, Cambridge, is founded.[1]
  • July – Spanish forces under Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba capture Atella after a siege. Among the prisoners is the French viceroy of Naples, the Comte de Montpensier. Ferdinand II of Naples is restored to his throne.
  • August 5Bartholomew Columbus, brother of Christopher Columbus, formally founds the city of Santo Domingo (first settled in March) on Hispaniola (in the modern-day Dominican Republic), making it the oldest permanent European settlement in the New World.
  • September 2125James IV of Scotland invades Northumberland, in support of the pretender to the English throne, Perkin Warbeck.[2]
  • October 20Joanna of Castile, second daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, heiress to Castile, marries the archduke Philip, heir through his mother to the Burgundian Netherlands, and through his father to the Holy Roman Empire.
  • December 5 – King Manuel I of Portugal issues a decree ordering the expulsion of "heretics" from the country.
  • Date unknown – Jan de Groote, a Dutchman, obtains a grant for the north ferry from the mainland of Scotland to Orkney, from King James IV of Scotland.


  • March 18Mary Tudor, Queen of Louis XII of France, daughter of Henry VII of England (d. 1533)
  • May 12 – King Gustav I of Sweden (d. 1560)
  • July 10Johann Forster, German theologian (d. 1558)
  • August 28Konrad Heresbach, German Calvinist (d. 1576)
  • September 27Hieronymus Łaski, Polish diplomat (d. 1542)
  • October 20Claude, Duke of Guise, French aristocrat and general (d. 1550)
  • November 23Clément Marot, French poet of the Renaissance period (d. 1544)
  • December 20Joseph ha-Kohen, Spanish-born French Jewish historian and physician (d. 1575)
  • December 21Elisabeth Corvinus, Hungarian princess (d. 1508)
  • date unknown
    • Lazare de Baïf, French diplomat and author (d. 1547)
    • João de Barros, Portuguese historian (d. 1570)
    • Cuauhtémoc, 11th Tlatoani (emperor) of Tenochtitlan (modern Mexico City), 1520–1521, (d. 1521)[3]
    • Dirck Jacobsz., Dutch painter (d. 1567)
    • Richard Maitland, Scottish poet (d. 1586)
    • Louise de Montmorency, French noblewoman (d. 1547)
    • Martín Ocelotl, Mexican priest (d. c. 1537)
    • William Roper, son-in-law and biographer of Thomas More (d. 1578)
    • Giovanni Battista da Sangallo, Italian architect (d. 1548)
    • Menno Simons, Dutch Anabaptist leader (d. 1561)
    • Agostino Steuco, Italian humanist scholar (d. 1548)
    • Johann Walter, Lutheran composer and poet (d. 1570)
  • probableHenry Somerset, 2nd Earl of Worcester (d. 1549)
    • María Pacheco, Spanish heroine and defender of Toledo (d. 1531)


  • January 1Charles, Count of Angoulême (b. 1459)
  • February 24Eberhard I, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1445)
  • March 4Sigismund, Archduke of Austria (b. 1427)
  • March 12Johann Heynlin, German humanist scholar (b. c. 1425)
  • April 16Charles II, Duke of Savoy (b. 1489)
  • April 29Fernando de Almada, 2nd Count of Avranches (b. c. 1430)
  • August 15Infanta Isabella of Portugal, Queen of Castile and León (b. 1428)
  • September 7 – King Ferdinand II of Naples (b. 1469)
  • September 15Hugh Clopton, Lord Mayor of London (b. c. 1440)
  • September 25Piero Capponi, Italian soldier and statesman (b. 1447)
  • September 28Boček IV of Poděbrady, Bohemian nobleman, eldest son of King George of Podebrady (b. 1442)
  • October 15Gilbert, Count of Montpensier (b. 1443)
  • November 1Filippo Buonaccorsi (Filip Callimachus), Italian humanist writer (b. 1437)
  • date unknown
    • Richard Bell, Bishop of Carlisle
    • Alexander Inglis, Scottish clergyman
    • Pietro di Francesco degli Orioli, Italian sculptor (b. c. 1458)
    • Piero del Pollaiolo, Italian painter (b. 1443)
    • Qaitbay, sultan of Egypt
    • Ercole de' Roberti, Italian artist (b. c. 1451)
  • probableJan IV of Oświęcim, duke of Oświęcim


  1. ^ a b Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 135–138. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
  2. ^ a b Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 189–192. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
  3. ^ "Cuauhtémoc" (in Spanish). Biografias y Vidas. Retrieved June 1, 2019.