Birthdays in History in 1580

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 6 John Smith, English explorer (Chesapeake Bay, New England) and leader of the Virginia Colony (Jamestown), born in Lincolnshire, England (d. 1861)

Explorer John Smith
Explorer
John Smith
  • Jan 12 Lord Alexander Ruthven, Scottish nobleman (d. 1600)
  • Apr 18 Thomas Middleton, English playwright (Game of Chess)
  • Jun 6 Godefroy Wendelin, Flemish astronomer (d. 1667)
  • Jun 9 Daniel Heinsius, Flemish scholar (d. 1655)
  • Aug 19 Pierre Vernier, Ornans, French mathematician and inventor of the vernier caliper used for taking accurate measurements
  • Aug 24 John Taylor, English poet (An Arrant Thief), born in Gloucester, England (d. 1654)
  • Sep 14 Francisco de Quevedo, Spanish writer (d. 1645)
  • Sep 15 Charles Annibal Fabrot, French lawyer (d. 1659)
  • Sep 17 Charlotte Brabantia, countess of Nassau/daughter of Willem of Orange
  • Dec 1 Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, French astronomer (d. 1637)
  • Dec 4 Samuel Argall, English adventurer and naval officer (d. 1626)