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This article is about the year 1497.
|Centuries:||14th century – 15th century – 16th century|
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|Years:||1494 1495 1496 – 1497 – 1498 1499 1500|
|1497 by topic|
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|State leaders - Sovereign states|
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|1497 in poetry|
|Ab urbe condita||2250|
|English Regnal year||12 Hen. 7 – 13 Hen. 7|
|Chinese calendar||丙辰年 (Fire Dragon)
4193 or 4133
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丁巳年 (Fire Snake)
4194 or 4134
|- Vikram Samvat||1553–1554|
|- Shaka Samvat||1419–1420|
|- Kali Yuga||4598–4599|
|Japanese calendar||Meiō 6
|Minguo calendar||415 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2039–2040|
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- February 7 (Shrove Tuesday) – Followers of Girolamo Savonarola burn thousands of "immoral" objects at the Bonfire of the Vanities in Florence.
- May – Cornish Rebellion in England incited by war taxes.
- May 10 – Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World.
- May 13 – Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola.
- May 20 – John Cabot sets sail from Bristol on the ship Matthew (principally owned by Richard Amerike), looking for new lands to the west (some sources give a May 2 date).
- June 13 – The Catholic monarchs issue the ordinance of Medina del Campo, creating a money system based on the copper maravedi, creating the peso of 34 maravedis. In the next three centuries, this system dominated international payments. It was used in almost all parts of the Americas and large parts of Asia. It is the basis for a number of modern currencies, including the US dollar.
- June 17 – Cornish rebels under Michael An Gof are soundly defeated by Henry VII at the Battle of Deptford Bridge near London.
- June 24 – John Cabot lands in North America (near present day Bonavista, Newfoundland).
- July 8 – Vasco da Gama's fleet departs from Lisbon, beginning his expedition to India.
- September 7 – Second Cornish Uprising in England: Perkin Warbeck lands near Land's End; on September 10 he is proclaimed as King in Bodmin.
- September 28 – John, King of Denmark, defeats Sten Sture the Elder at the Battle of Rotebro.
- September 30 – Treaty of Ayton establishes a seven-year peace between England and Scotland.
- October 4 – Leaders of the Second Cornish Uprising surrender to the King at Taunton; the following day, Warbeck, having deserted his army, is captured at Beaulieu Abbey in Hampshire.
- October 6 – Sten Sture the Elder is forced to resign and end his 27-year term as Regent of Sweden. King John of Denmark and Norway is acknowledged by the estates as King of Sweden and formally elected on October 18, restoring the power of the Kalmar Union.
- December 5 – King Manuel I of Portugal proclaims an edict in which he demands that Jews convert to Christianity or leave the country.
- December 23 – Sheen Palace is destroyed by fire. Henry VII of England rebuilds it as Richmond Palace.
- Ivan the Great issues his law code, the Sudebnik.
- The Ottomans give Russian merchants freedom of trade within the empire.
- Iamblichus De mysteriis Aegyptorum edited by Marsilio Ficino is published.
- January 26 – Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (d. 1557)
- February 16 – Philipp Melanchthon, German humanist and reformer (d. 1560)
- March – Giovanni Paolo I Sforza, Italian condottiero (d. 1535)
- April 2 – Georg Giese, German merchant (d. 1562)
- August 18 – Francesco Canova da Milano, Italian composer (died 1543)
- October 29 – Benedetto Accolti the Younger, Italian cardinal (d. 1549)
- date unknown
- January 2 – Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan (b. 1475)
- January 30 – Lê Thánh Tông, King of Vietnam (b. 1442)
- February 6 – Johannes Ockeghem, Flemish composer (b. c. 1410)
- June 14 – Giovanni Borgia, Duke of Gandia (assassinated) (b.1474)
- June 24 – Leaders of the Cornish Rebellion (executed)
- June 28 – James Tuchet, 7th Baron Audley (b. c. 1463)
- July – Estêvão da Gama, explorer
- October 4 – John, Prince of Asturias, only son of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile (b. 1478)
- November 7 – Philip II, Duke of Savoy (b. 1443)
- date unknown
- probable – Elia del Medigo, Italian philosopher (b. 1460)