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  • Feb 4 Caspar Othmayr, composer, dies at 37
  • Feb 19 Erasmus Reinhold, German mathematician, dies at 41
  • Feb 25 Hirate Masahide, Japanese diplomat and tutor of Oda Nobunaga (suicide) (b. 1492)
  • Apr 9 Francois Rabelais, French author (Gargantua/Pantagruel), dies at 49
  • Jul 6 Edward VI Tudor, King of England (1547-53), dies at 15
  • Jul 9 Maurice, Elector of Saxony (b. 1521)
  • Jul 11 Mauritius, duke/monarch of Saksen (1547-53), dies of injuries at 32
  • Aug 8 Girolamo Fracastoro, Italian physician (b. 1478)
  • Aug 17 Charles III, Duke of Savoy, dies
  • Aug 22 John Dudley, English Lord Admiral/premier (1551-53), beheaded
  • Sep 4 Cornelia da Nomatalcino, monk converted to Judaism, burned at stake
  • Oct 7 Cristóbal de Morales, Spanish composer (bc. 1500)
  • Oct 16 Lucas Cranach Sr, German painter, dies at 81
  • Oct 19 Bonifazio Veronese/Veneziano, [de' Pitati], Italian painter, dies
  • Oct 27 Michael Servetus, Spanish physician, burns at stake for heresy
  • Oct 30 Jacob Sturm von Sturmeck, German statesman and reformer (b. 1489)
  • Dec 14 Hanibal Lucić, Croatian writer (b. 1485)