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Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man
Year 1487 (MCDLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.
- January 29 – Richard Foxe becomes Bishop of Exeter.
- March – Sigismund, Archduke of Austria, largely on the poor advice of his counselors, declares war on Venice, and seizes silver mines in and around the Sugana Valley.
- May 24 – Lambert Simnel is crowned King "Edward VI of England" in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland. He claims to be Edward Plantagenet, 17th Earl of Warwick, and challenges Henry VII for the throne of England, where he lands on June 5.
- June 16 – Battle of Stoke Field: The rebellion of pretender Lambert Simnel, led by John de la Pole, Earl of Lincoln, and Francis Lovell, 1st Viscount Lovell, is crushed by troops loyal to Henry VII.
- August – Bartolomeu Dias leaves Lisbon, on his voyage to the Cape of Good Hope.
- August 13 – The Siege of Málaga (1487) ends, when the Spanish take the city.
- September 9 – Hongzhi becomes Emperor of China (Ming Dynasty).
- November 30 – Albert IV, Duke of Bavaria promulgates the Reinheitsgebot, specifying three ingredients - water, malt and hops - for the brewing of beer.
- February 7 – Queen Dangyeong, Korean royal consort (d. 1557)
- February 8 – Ulrich, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1550)
- February 15 – Henry of the Palatinate, bishop of Utrecht (d. 1552)
- April 10 – William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg (d. 1559)
- July 5 – Johann Gramann, German theologian (d. 1541)
- July 17 – Ismail I, Shah of Persia (d. 1524)
- August 27 – Anna of Brandenburg, Duchess of Schleswig and Holstein (d. 1514)
- September 10 – Pope Julius III (d. 1555)
- October 5 – Ludwig of Hanau-Lichtenberg, German nobleman (d. 1553)
- November 14 – John III of Pernstein, Bohemian land-owner, Governor of Moravia and Count of Kladsko (d. 1548)
- date unknown