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  • 15th century
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  • 1480s
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  • 1510s
  • 1520s
  • 1503
  • 1504
  • 1505
  • 1506
  • 1507
  • 1508
  • 1509
1506 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1506
Ab urbe condita2259
Armenian calendar955
Assyrian calendar6256
Balinese saka calendar1427–1428
Bengali calendar913
Berber calendar2456
English Regnal year21 Hen. 7 – 22 Hen. 7
Buddhist calendar2050
Burmese calendar868
Byzantine calendar7014–7015
Chinese calendar乙丑(Wood Ox)
4202 or 4142
    — to —
丙寅年 (Fire Tiger)
4203 or 4143
Coptic calendar1222–1223
Discordian calendar2672
Ethiopian calendar1498–1499
Hebrew calendar5266–5267
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1562–1563
 - Shaka Samvat1427–1428
 - Kali Yuga4606–4607
Holocene calendar11506
Igbo calendar506–507
Iranian calendar884–885
Islamic calendar911–912
Japanese calendarEishō 3
Javanese calendar1423–1424
Julian calendar1506
Korean calendar3839
Minguo calendar406 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar38
Thai solar calendar2048–2049
Tibetan calendar阴木牛年
(female Wood-Ox)
1632 or 1251 or 479
    — to —
(male Fire-Tiger)
1633 or 1252 or 480
January 22: Swiss Guard.

Year 1506 (MDVI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.



  • January 14 – The classical statue of Laocoön and His Sons is unearthed in Rome. On the recommendation of Giuliano da Sangallo and Michelangelo, Pope Julius II purchases it, and places it on public display in the Vatican a month later.
  • January 22 – The Swiss Guard arrives at the Vatican, to serve as permanent ceremonial and palace guards under Pope Julius II.
  • April 18Pope Julius II lays the foundation stone of the new (current) St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, replacing the Old St. Peter's Basilica.
  • April 1921Lisbon Massacre: Thousands of Jews are tortured and killed by Catholics in Lisbon, Portugal.


  • August 6Battle of Kletsk: The Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeats the Tatars of the Crimean Khanate.
  • August 19Sigismund I the Old succeeds his brother, as king of Poland.[1]
  • November 6Pope Julius II personally leads his troops into Bologna, retaking the city from the excommunicated tyrant Giovanni II Bentivoglio.
  • September 2Yeonsangun of the Joseon dynasty is deposed in the Jungjong coup and King Jungjong ascends to the throne.

Date unknown

  • The Portuguese mariner Tristão da Cunha sights the islands of Tristan da Cunha, naming them after himself.
  • In Ming Dynasty China, the costs of the courier system are met by a tax in silver on land, instead of corvée labor service.
  • Duarte Barbosa returns to Lisbon.
  • Johannes Trithemius becomes abbot of the monastery of St. Jacob, at Würzburg.
  • Leonardo da Vinci completes most of his work on the Mona Lisa.


Juliana of Stolberg
  • February – George Buchanan, Scottish humanist scholar (d. 1582)[2]
  • February 2René de Birague, French cardinal and chancellor (d. 1583)
  • February 15Juliana of Stolberg, German countess (d. 1580)
  • March 3Luís of Portugal, Duke of Beja (d. 1555)
  • April 7Francis Xavier, Spanish Jesuit saint (d. 1552)[3]
  • April 13Peter Faber, French Jesuit theologian (d. 1546)
  • July 1Louis II of Hungary and Bohemia (d. 1526)
  • August 12Franciscus Sonnius, Dutch counter-Reformation theologian (d. 1576)
  • OctoberLouis de Blois, Flemish mystical writer (d. 1566)
  • December 4Thomas Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy of Chiche, English courtier (d. 1558)
  • December 8Veit Dietrich, German theologian, writer and reformer (d. 1549)[4]
  • date unknown
    • Vicente Masip, Spanish painter (d. 1579)
    • William Paget, 1st Baron Paget, English statesman (d. 1563)
    • Ii Naomori, Japanese samurai (d. 1560)
  • probable
    • Elizabeth Barton, English nun (d. 1534)
    • Margaret Lee, confidante of Queen Anne Boleyn (d. 1543)


Johann IV Roth
Christopher Columbus
King Alexander Jagiellon of Poland
King Philip of Castile
  • January 21Johann IV Roth, German Roman Catholic bishop (b. 1426)
  • May 4Sultan Husayn Mirza Bayqara, Timurid ruler of Herat (b. 1438)
  • May 20Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer (b. c.1451)[5]
  • August 15Alexander Agricola, Flemish composer (b. c. 1445)
  • August 19 – King Alexander Jagiellon of Poland (b. 1461)
  • September 13Andrea Mantegna, Italian painter and engraver (b. 1432)
  • September 25 – King Philip I of Castile (b. 1478)
  • September 30Beatrice, Duchess of Viseu, Portuguese infante (b. 1430)
  • November 8Edward Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings, English noble (b. 1466)
  • November 20Yeonsangun of Joseon, king of Korean Joseon Dynasty (b. 1476)
  • November 21Engelbert, Count of Nevers, younger son of John I (b. 1462)
  • date unknownMihri Hatun, Ottoman poet


  1. ^ "Historical Events for Year 1506 | OnThisDay.com". Historyorb.com. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  2. ^ Trevor Royle (November 11, 1984). Macmillan Companion to Scottish Literature. Macmillan International Higher Education. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-349-07587-4.
  3. ^ James Cameron; St. Francis Xavier University (1996). For the People: A History of St Francis Xavier University. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. p. 387. ISBN 978-0-7735-1385-3.
  4. ^ The Walther League Messenger. International Walther League. 1934. p. 223.
  5. ^ "Christopher Columbus | Biography, Voyages, & Facts". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved January 21, 2021.

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