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15th Century Timeline 1400 - 1499

15th Century - the technology, science, and inventions

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The 15th century gave birth to three major events: the beginning of the Renaissance Era (circa 1453) with a return to research and learning after the Dark Ages; the birth of the Age of Discovery with increased exploration and improved naval ships and navigation methods that created new trade routes and trade partners; and the birth of modern printing marked by 15th century master printer Johann Gutenberg's invention of movable type presses (1440) that made the inexpensive mass-printing of books possible.

 

1400

  • First golf balls invented.
  • The first piano called the Spinet invented.

1411

  • Trigger invented.

1420

  • Oil painting invented.

1421

  • In Florence, hoisting gear invented.

1450

  • Nicholas of Cusa creates spectacles of polished lenses for nearsighted persons.

1455

1465

  • In Germany, drypoint engravings invented.

1475

  • Muzzle-loaded rifles invented in Italy and Germany.

1486

  • In Venice, the first known copyright granted.

1485

  • Leonardo DaVinci designed the first parachute.

1487

  • Bell chimes invented.

1492

  • Leonardo da Vinci first to seriously theorize about flying machines.
  • Martin Behaim invented the first map globe.

1494

  • Whiskey invented in Scotland.

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