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1492

October

Christopher Columbus and his crew make landfall in America.

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Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), aged 41: man

1499

August 24

on Thursday

6 years, 10 months, 28 days later

Lake Maracaibo is discovered.

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The moon was waning gibbous that night.
Sunrise in Lake Maracaibo was at 5:58 AM and sunset was at 6:05 PM.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1499

1501

1 year, 4 months, 10 days later

Amerigo Vespucci maps the two stars Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri, as well as the stars of the constellation Crux, which are below the horizon in Europe.

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Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512), aged 47

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1501

Rodrigo de Bastidas, sailing westward from Venezuela in search of gold, becomes the first European to explore the Isthmus of Panama.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1501

1506

January 14

on Sunday

5 years, 14 days later

The classical statue of Laocoön and His Sons is unearthed in Rome. On the recommendation of Giuliano da Sangallo and Michelangelo, Pope Julius II purchases it and places it on public display in the Vatican a month later.

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The moon was waning gibbous that night.
Sunrise in Rome was at 6:06 AM and sunset was at 6:13 PM.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1506

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