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Centuries: 14th century - 15th century - 16th century
- February 3 - Bartholomeu Diaz of Portugal lands in Mossel Bay after rounding the Cape of Good Hope, at the tip of Africa becoming the first known European to travel this far south.
- Battle of St.Aubin-du-Cormier. Troops loyal to King Charles VIII of France defeat rebel forces led by the Duke of Orleans and Brittany in the main engagement of the Mad War.
- Xiao Zong becomes emperor of China (Ming dynasty).
- James IV succeeds his father James III as King of Scotland.
- Jasper Tudor, 1st Duke of Bedford takes possession of Cardiff Castle.
- Michelangelo Buonarroti becomes apprentice to Domenico Ghirlandaio.