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This article is about the year 1496.
|Centuries:||14th century – 15th century – 16th century|
|Decades:||1460s 1470s 1480s – 1490s – 1500s 1510s 1520s|
|Years:||1493 1494 1495 – 1496 – 1497 1498 1499|
|1496 by topic|
|Arts and science|
|Architecture - Art|
|State leaders - Sovereign states|
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|Births - Deaths|
|Establishments and disestablishments categories|
|Establishments - Disestablishments|
|Art and literature|
|1496 in poetry|
|Ab urbe condita||2249|
|Bahá'í calendar||−348 – −347|
|English Regnal year||11 Hen. 7 – 12 Hen. 7|
|Chinese calendar||乙卯年 (Wood Rabbit)
4192 or 4132
— to —
丙辰年 (Fire Dragon)
4193 or 4133
|- Vikram Samvat||1552–1553|
|- Shaka Samvat||1418–1419|
|- Kali Yuga||4597–4598|
|Japanese calendar||Meiō 5
|Minguo calendar||416 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2039|
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- January 3 – Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.
- February – Pietro Bembo's Petri Bembi de Aetna Angelum Chalabrilem liber is published in Venice by Aldus Manutius, the first book printed in the Old Style serif or Humanist typeface cut by Francesco Griffo and known from the 20th century as Bembo.
- 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.
- March 5 – Henry VII of England issues letters patent to John Cabot and his sons, authorizing them to discover unknown lands.
- March – Santo Domingo is discovered.
- March 10 – Christopher 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 Amerindians and laid the basis for a system of land grants tied to the Amerindians' labor service.
- 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 5 – Bartholomew Columbus, brother of Christopher Columbus, founds the city of Santo Domingo, now part of the Dominican Republic, making it the oldest American City and permanent settlement in the New World.
- September 21–25 – James IV of Scotland invades Northumberland in support of the pretender to the English throne, Perkin Warbeck.
- October 20 – Joanna, 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.
- Jesus College, Cambridge, is founded.
- 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 18 – Mary Tudor, Queen of Louis XII of France, daughter of Henry VII of England (d. 1533)
- May 12 – King Gustav I of Sweden (d. 1560)
- August 28 – Konrad Heresbach, German Calvinist (d. 1576)
- October 20 – Claude, Duke of Guise, French soldier (d. 1550)
- November 23 – Clément Marot, French poet (d. 1544)
- December 20 – Joseph ha-Kohen, historian and physician (d. 1575)
- date unknown
- Lazare de Baïf, French diplomat and author (d. 1547)
- João de Barros, Portuguese historian (d. 1570)
- Dirck Jacobsz., Dutch painter (d. 1567)
- Gregorio López de Tovar, Spanish humanist and lawyer (d. 1560)
- 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)
- probable – Henry Somerset, 2nd Earl of Worcester (d. 1549)
- January 1 – Charles, Count of Angoulême (b. 1459)
- February 24 – Eberhard I, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1445)
- March 4 – Sigismund, Archduke of Austria (b. 1427)
- March 12 – Johann Heynlin, German humanist scholar (b. c. 1425)
- April 16 – Charles II, Duke of Savoy (b. 1489)
- April 29 – Fernando de Almada, 2nd Count of Avranches (b. c. 1430)
- August 15 – Infanta Isabella of Portugal, Queen of Castile and León (b. 1428)
- September 7 – King Ferdinand II of Naples (b. 1469)
- September 15 – Hugh Clopton, Lord Mayor of London (b. c. 1440)
- September 25 – Piero Capponi, Italian soldier and statesman (b. 1447)
- October 15 – Gilbert, Count of Montpensier (b. 1443)
- November 1 – Filippo Buonaccorsi (Filip Callimachus), Italian humanist writer (b. 1437)
- date unknown
- probable – Jan IV of Oświęcim, duke of Oświęcim