Year 1486 (MCDLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full Julian calendar for the year).
- January 18 – King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York are married, uniting the House of Lancaster and the House of York, after the Wars of the Roses.
- February 16 – Archduke Maximilian I of Habsburg is elected King of the Romans at Frankfurt (crowned April 9 at Aachen).
- February 18 Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is born in Mayapur in the town of Nadia, West Bengal, India, just after sunset. He is regarded as an incarnation, or avatar, of Lord Krsna, and later comes to inaugurate the sankirtana movement, or the chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord. This chanting, or mantra meditation, is first brought to the United States in 1965, by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami.
- April 21 – The adoption of the Sentència Arbitral de Guadalupe ends the War of the Remences, in the Principality of Catalonia.
- January 6 – Martin Agricola, German composer of Renaissance music and a music theorist (d. 1556)
- February 10 – George of the Palatinate, German nobleman; Bishop of Speyer (1513–1529) (d. 1529)
- February 18 – Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Indian ascetic and monk (d. 1534)
- July 2 – Jacopo Sansovino, Italian sculptor and architect (d. 1570)
- July 16 – Andrea del Sarto, Italian painter (d. 1530)
- July 25 – Albrecht VII, Duke of Mecklenburg (1503–1520), then Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow (1520–1547) (d. 1547)
- July 28 – Pieter Gillis, French philosopher (d. 1533)
- August 3 – Imperia Cognati, Italian courtesan (d. 1512)
- August 23 – Sigismund von Herberstein, Austrian diplomat and historian (d. 1566)
- September 14 – Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, German astrologer and alchemist (d. 1535)
- September 20 – Arthur, Prince of Wales, son of Henry VII of England (d. 1502)
- October 10 – Charles III, Duke of Savoy (d. 1553)
- November 13 – Johann Eck, German Scholastic theologian and defender of Catholicism during the Protestant Reformation (d. 1543)
- December 9 – Philip III, Count of Waldeck-Eisenberg (1524–1539) (d. 1539)
- date unknown – Shimon Lavi, Sephardi kabbalist (d. 1585)
- January 30 – Jacques of Savoy, Count of Romont, Prince of Savoy (b. 1450)
- March 11 – Albrecht III Achilles, Elector of Brandenburg (b. 1414)
- March 30 – Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor of England (b. c. 1404)
- May – Louis I, Count of Montpensier (b. 1405)
- July 14 – Margaret of Denmark, Scottish queen consort, daughter of Christian I of Denmark (b. 1456)
- August (day unknown) – Marco Barbarigo, the 73rd Doge of Venice, was said to have died in a dispute cause by his brother and successor, Agostino Barbarigo.
- August 3 – Asakura Ujikage, 8th head of the Japanese Asakura clan (b. 1449)
- August 11 – William Waynflete, English Lord Chancellor and bishop of Winchester (b. c. 1398)
- August 26 – Ernest, Elector of Saxony, progenitor of the Ernestine Wettins (b. 1441)
- September 2 – Guy XIV de Laval, French noble (b. 1406)
- September 19 – Richard Oldham, English Catholic bishop
- date unknown – Tízoc, Aztec ruler of Tenochtitlan (perhaps poisoned)
- probable – Aristotile Fioravanti, Italian architect and engineer (b. 1415)
- ^ "Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu: His Life and Precepts" by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura August 20, 1896
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