On This Day

Famous People Born in 1544

  • Jan 19 Francis II, King of France (1559-60) and husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, born in Ch√Ęteau de Fontainebleau, France (d. 1560)
  • Mar 11 Torquato Tasso, Italian Renaissance poet (Aminta, Apologia), born in Sorrento, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1595)
  • May 24 William Gilbert, English physician and physicist (researcher into magnetism), born in Colchester, England (d. 1603)
  • Nov 27 Ascanio Trombeti, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1590)
  • Dec 23 Anna, duchess of Saxson/wife of prince Willem of Orange (1561-71)