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Millennium: 2nd millennium
1500 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1500
Ab urbe condita2253
Armenian calendar949
Assyrian calendar6250
Balinese saka calendar1421–1422
Bengali calendar907
Berber calendar2450
English Regnal year15 Hen. 7 – 16 Hen. 7
Buddhist calendar2044
Burmese calendar862
Byzantine calendar7008–7009
Chinese calendar己未年 (Earth Goat)
4196 or 4136
    — to —
庚申年 (Metal Monkey)
4197 or 4137
Coptic calendar1216–1217
Discordian calendar2666
Ethiopian calendar1492–1493
Hebrew calendar5260–5261
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1556–1557
 - Shaka Samvat1421–1422
 - Kali Yuga4600–4601
Holocene calendar11500
Igbo calendar500–501
Iranian calendar878–879
Islamic calendar905–906
Japanese calendarMeiō 9
Javanese calendar1417–1418
Julian calendar1500
Korean calendar3833
Minguo calendar412 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar32
Thai solar calendar2042–2043
Tibetan calendar阴土羊年
(female Earth-Goat)
1626 or 1245 or 473
    — to —
(male Iron-Monkey)
1627 or 1246 or 474
September 15: Christopher Columbus arrested

Year 1500 (MD) was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. The year 1500 was not a leap year in the proleptic Gregorian calendar.

The year was seen as being especially important by many Christians in Europe, who thought it would bring the beginning of the end of the world. Their belief was based on the phrase "half-time after the time", when the apocalypse was due to occur, which appears in the Book of Revelation and was seen as referring to 1500. So, This time was also just after the Old World's discovery of the Americas in 1492, and therefore was influenced greatly by the New World.[1]

Historically, the year 1500 is also often identified, somewhat arbitrarily, as marking the end of the Middle Ages and beginning of the early modern period.[2]

The end of this year marked the halfway point of the 2nd millennium, as there were 500 years before it and 500 years after it.






Date unknown[edit]

  • Europe's population is estimated at 56.7 million people (Spielvogel).
  • Saxony's mint at Annaberg begins producing guldengroschens.
  • Although other reports exist, it is thought that the last wolf in England was killed this year, making the species extinct in that country. The wolf is thought to have been killed in Allithwaite, in Cumbria. However, reports of wolf sightings and laws concerning wolf bounties existed in rural areas of the north until the 18th century.
  • A group of Māori migrated east from the New Zealand mainland to the Chatham Islands, developing a distinct pacificist culture known as the Moriori (approx date)


Emperor Charles V






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