1500

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Year 1500 (MD) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The year 1500 wasn't 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. 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 Era.

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.

Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 14th century15th century16th century
Decades: 1470s  1480s  1490s  – 1500s –  1510s  1520s  1530s
Years: 1497 1498 149915001501 1502 1503

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