In 1498 Columbus set sail on his 3rd voyage.
In 1536 Henry VIII married Jane Seymour, 11 days after beheading Anne Boleyn.
Marlowe, Rubens, Alexander Pope, Voltaire, and Pasternak all died on this date.
Born today: Bob Hope, Faberge, Mel Blanc, and Benny Goodman.
Jane of Arc was also burnt today in 1431 at age 19.