| This Year In|
- Vasco de Gama braves the Cape of Good Hope in search of spices.
- Christopher Columbus undertakes his third voyage to the New World, landing at the mouth of the Orinoco River. 
- The Inquisition burns Savonarola, a dominican monk that had seized power in Florence four years ago and a member of the Seven Thunders, at the stake for heresy and false prophecies.
- Ad copy for Mage: The Sorcerers Crusade advertised its release as "Summer 1498," an allusion to the book's specified setting, and to the actual release date in the summer of 1998.