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- March 22 – Pope Sixtus IV, in a special bulla, grants self-government rights to the Italian town of Ascoli Piceno.
- March 27 – The death of Mary of Burgundy triggers the first of the Flemish revolts against Maximilian of Austria.
- August 1 – Anglo-Scottish Wars: Richard, Duke of Gloucester invades Scotland, and captures Edinburgh.
- August 24 – Capture of Berwick: The Scots surrender the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed to Richard, ending his campaign.
- The Portuguese erect the Fort of Sao Jorge de Mina (Fort Elmina) near the mouth of the River Benya, on the Gold Coast.
- Tizoc rules the Aztecs.
- Diogo Cão, a Portuguese navigator, becomes the first European to sail up the Congo.
- Ivan III renounces the Mongol Khanate rule over Russia.
- Johann Reuchlin visits Florence, and meets Marsilio Ficino.
- Johannes Trithemius becomes a novice, at the abbey of St. Martin at Sponheim, in the Diocese of Mainz.
- The first edition of Euclid's Elements (Latin translation) is printed, by German printer Erhard Ratdolt in Venice, incorporating geometric diagrams.
- Schreierstoren is erected in Amsterdam (from which Henry Hudson will set sail on April 4, 1609, on the vessel Halve Maen, to bring him to the harbor of New York and the Hudson River).
- March 7 – Fray Thomas de San Martín, Roman Catholic prelate and bishop (d. 1555)
- June 29 – Maria of Aragon, Queen of Manuel I of Portugal, daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile (d. 1517)
- July 7 – Andrzej Krzycki, Polish archbishop (d. 1537)
- August 23 – Jo Gwang-jo, Korean philosopher (d. 1520)
- October 7 – Ernest, Margrave of Baden-Durlach (d. 1553)
- October 18 – Philipp III, Count of Hanau-Lichtenberg (d. 1538)
- December 9 – Frederick II, Elector Palatine (1544–1556) (d. 1556)
- date unknown
- March 25 – Lucrezia Tornabuoni, Italian writer, adviser and spouse of Piero di Cosimo de' Medici (b. 1427)
- March 27 – Mary of Burgundy, Sovereign Duchess regnant of Burgundy, married to Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1457)
- May 10 – Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, Italian mathematician and astronomer (b. 1397)
- May 23 – Mary of York, daughter of King Edward IV of England (b. 1467)
- August 15 – William, Margrave of Hachberg-Sausenberg, Margrave of Hachberg-Sausenberg (1428-1441) (b. 1406)
- August 25 – Margaret of Anjou, queen of Henry VI of England (b. 1429)
- August 29 – Queen Yun, Korean Queen (b. 1455)
- September 10 – Federico da Montefeltro, Italian mercenary (b. 1422)
- September 17 – William III, Landgrave of Thuringia, Duke of Luxembourg (b. 1425)
- September 22 – Philibert I, Duke of Savoy (b. 1465)
- date unknown – Hugo van der Goes, Flemish artist (b. c. 1440)
- In Doctor Who, 1482 was a hard year that was full of glitches, as said by the Doctor.
- Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame takes place in this year.
- "Carlo Crivelli. Annunciation with St Emidius. From the collection of the National Gallery, London. From the series Masterpieces from museums of the world in the Hermitage". Hermitage Museum. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 132–135. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.