On This Day

Famous People Born in 1550

  • Jan 31 Henry I, Duke of Guise, French Catholic leader, (d. 1588)

Person of interestJohn Napier

Feb 1 John Napier, Scottish mathematician and inventor (logarithms), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1617)

Mathematician John Napier
Mathematician
John Napier
  • Apr 12 Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, Lord Great Chamberlain of England, born in Hedingham Castle, Essex, England (d. 1604)
  • May 25 Camillus de Lellis, Italian Roman Catholic saint (founder of the Ministers of the Sick), born in Bucchianico, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1614)

Person of interestCharles IX of France

Jun 27 Charles IX [Carl], King of France (1560-74), born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1574)

  • Jun 28 Johannes van den Driesche, Flemish Hebraist, born in Oudenarde, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1616)
  • Jul 31 Jakob Handl [Petelin], Austrian composer/bandmaster
  • Aug 16 Carolus Gallus [Karel de Haan], Dutch lawyer, pastor and vicar, born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1606)
  • Sep 10 Alonso Pérez de Guzmán, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia, Spanish Armada commander, born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, Spain (d. 1615)
  • Sep 17 Pope Paul V [Camillo Borghese], 233rd pope (1605-21) and persecutor of Galileo, born in Rome (d. 1621)
  • Sep 30 Michael Maestlin, German mathematician (d. 1631)
  • Oct 4 Charles IX, King of Sweden (1604-11), born in Stockholm Castle, Sweden (d. 1611)
  • Oct 15 Henry, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg and brother of William of Orange
  • Nov 6 Karin Månsdotter, Queen of Sweden, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1612)
  • Dec 6 Orazio Tiberio Vecchi, Italian composer, born in Modena, Italy (d. 1605)
  • Dec 22 Cesare Cremonini, Italian professor of natural philosophy, born in Cento, Papal States (d. 1631)