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This article is about the year 1492. For the number, see 1492 (number). For other uses, see 1492 (disambiguation).
|Centuries:||14th century – 15th century – 16th century|
|Decades:||1460s 1470s 1480s – 1490s – 1500s 1510s 1520s|
|Years:||1489 1490 1491 – 1492 – 1493 1494 1495|
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|Ab urbe condita||2245|
|English Regnal year||7 Hen. 7 – 8 Hen. 7|
|Chinese calendar||辛亥年 (Metal Pig)
4188 or 4128
— to —
壬子年 (Water Rat)
4189 or 4129
|- Vikram Samvat||1548–1549|
|- Shaka Samvat||1414–1415|
|- Kali Yuga||4593–4594|
|Japanese calendar||Entoku 4 / Meiō 1
|Minguo calendar||420 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2034–2035|
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- January 2 – Fall of Granada: Muhammad XII, the last Moorish Emir of Granada, surrenders his city to the army of the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, after a lengthy siege, ending the 10-year Granada War and the centuries-long Reconquista and bringing an end to 780 years of Muslim control in Al-Andalus. Christopher Columbus is perhaps in Alhambra to see the Moorish king come out of the city gates and kiss the hands of the Spanish king, queen and prince.
- January 6 – Ferdinand and Isabella enter into Granada.
- January 15 – Columbus meets Ferdinand and Isabella at the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos in Córdoba, Andalusia, and persuades them to support his Atlantic voyage intended to find a new route to the East Indies.
- January 23 – The Pentateuch is first printed.
- March 31 – Ferdinand and Isabella sign the Alhambra Decree, expelling all Jews from Spain unless they convert to Roman Catholicism.
- April 17 – The Capitulations of Santa Fe are signed between Christopher Columbus and the Crown of Castile agreeing arrangements for his forthcoming voyage.
- July 31 – The Jews are expelled from Spain; 40,000–200,000 leave. Sultan Bayezid II of the Ottoman Empire, learning of this, dispatches the Ottoman Navy to bring the Jews safely to Ottoman lands, mainly to the cities of Thessaloniki (in modern-day Greece) and İzmir (in modern-day Turkey).
- August 3 – The Genoese navigator Christopher Columbus sails with three ships from Palos de la Frontera in the service of the Crown of Castile on his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, intending to reach Asia.
- August 11 – Pope Alexander VI succeeds Pope Innocent VIII as the 214th pope, after the 1492 papal conclave, the first held in the Sistine Chapel.
- October – English army besieges Boulogne-sur-Mer.
- October 11 – Several members of the first voyage of Christopher Columbus witness an unusual light.
- October 12 – Christopher Columbus' expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean and lands on Guanahani, but he believes he has reached the East Indies.
- October 28 – Christopher Columbus lands in Cuba.
- November 3 – Peace of Étaples signed between England and France, ending French support for the pretender to the English throne Perkin Warbeck. All English-held territory in France with the exception of Calais is returned to France.
- November 7 – The Ensisheim meteorite, a 127-kg meteorite, lands in a wheat field near the village of Ensisheim in Alsace.
- December 5 – Christopher Columbus becomes the first known European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola.
- December 25 – Columbus' ship Santa María runs aground off Cap-Haïtien and is lost.
- December 31 – About 100,000 Jews are expelled from Sicily.
- Antonio de Nebrija publishes the first grammar text for the language of Castile in Salamanca, which he introduces to Ferdinand and Isabella as "a tool of empire."
- Martin Behaim constructs the first surviving globe of Earth, the Erdapfel. As Columbus would only return from his voyage in 1493, this globe does not show the New World yet.
- Casimir IV Jagiellon, of the Jagiellon Royal House, ends his reign (1427–1492).
- The first arboretum to be designed and planted is the Arboretum Trsteno, near Dubrovnik in Croatia.
- Russians build the Ivangorod Fortress, on the eastern banks of the Narva River.
- In Ming dynasty China, the commercial transportation of grain to the northern border in exchange for salt certificates is monetized.
- Ermysted's Grammar School, Skipton, North Yorkshire, founded.
- Marsilio Ficino publishes his translation and commentary of Plotinus.
- March 4 – Francesco de Layolle, Italian composer (d. c. 1540)
- March 27 – Adam Ries, German mathematician (d. 1559)
- April 4 – Ambrosius Blarer, German religious reformer (d. 1564)
- April 11 – Marguerite de Navarre, queen of Henry II of Navarre (d. 1549)
- April 20 – Pietro Aretino, Italian author (d. 1556)
- July 2 – Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VII of England (d. 1495)
- September 7 – Giacomo Aconcio, Nuria Pahini, Italian pioneer of religious tolerance (d. 1566)
- September 12 – Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke of Urbino (d. 1519)
- date unknown
- January 25 – Ygo Gales Galama, Frisian warlord and freedom-fighting rebel (murdered) (b. 1443)
- April 9 – Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1449)
- June 7
- July 25 – Pope Innocent VIII (b. 1432)
- October 12 – Piero della Francesca, Italian artist (b. c. 1412)
- October 25 – Thaddeus McCarthy, Irish bishop (b. c. 1455)
- November 6 – Antoine Busnois, French composer and poet (b. c. 1430)
- November 19 – Jami, Persian poet (b. 1414)
- November 24 – Loys of Gruuthuse, Earl of Winchester (b. c. 1427)
- October 31 – Anne Neville, Countess of Warwick (b. 1426)
- Date unknown