1497 was a common year.
|Centuries:||14th century – 15th century – 16th century|
|Decades:||1460s 1470s 1480s – 1490s – 1500s 1510s 1520s|
|Years:||1494 1495 1496 – 1497 – 1498 1499 1500|
- July 8 – Vasco da Gama leaves Lisbon, Portugal for is first trip through the Cape of Good Hope to India.
- Spanish Empire: Melilla is captured by Castile.
- Girolamo Savonarola, priest and leader of Florence, Italy burns what he believes is immoral art in Piazza della Signoria. Savonarola is excommunicated and burned alive in that same location later in the same year.
- February 6 – Johannes Ockeghem, Belgian composer (b. 1410)