First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…

In the royal city of Constantinople, on the 12th day of the month of July A.D. 1490, occurred a great and unprecedented storm; and when the fire of the three upper constellations (which is called the falling ray of fire) intermingled with the moisture and heat, and the accumulated moisture in the disturbed atmosphere became excessive, and the wind or vapor agitated the clouds, great thunder-claps were heard, followed by long fiery flashes of lightning. Although the unbelievers said that this proceeded from the planet Saturn (as erstwhile happened when the wealthy province of Tuscia was entirely burned by lightning emanating from the planet Mars), the Christians attributed it to divine providence and vengeance; for the thunder-clap, lightning and storm not only struck down a portion of the Column of Constantine, but also (as the trustworthy Venetians and other merchants said) burned about 800 houses and destroyed about 3,000 people in a single area, as appears by the following illustration.

Mention has already been made of many rare and unusual signs in the sky, and particularly concerning a stone, marked with a cross that fell from the sky in the time of Frederick II; and so in these times, on the 7th day of November A.D. 1492, at noon, in the time of Emperor Frederick III, a large triangular stone, weighing a hundred pounds and slightly smaller than a "saltzscheibe," shaped like the Greek letter “D”, fell from the sky at Ensisheim, in Sundgau, as an omen of unusual things to come.

At this time much strife occurred between Maximilian, the Roman emperor, and the king of France, because of the duke of Brittany; but the situation was later pacified through the bishop of Eichstaedt and others.