On This Day

Famous People Born in 1556

  • Jan 8 Uesugi Kagekatsu, Japanese samurai daimyō, born in Echigo Province (d. 1623)
  • Jan 27 Abbas I, "the Great," shah of Persia (1587-1629)
  • Feb 7 Maria van Nassau, Dutch countess of Buren
  • Feb 21 Sethus Calvisius, composer
  • Mar 7 Guillaume du Vair, French writer and thinker, born in Paris (d. 1621)
  • Mar 18 Francois of Valois, French duke of Anjou, youngest son of French King Henry II and Catherine de' Medici, Duke of Brabant, (d. 1584)
  • Aug 10 Philipp Nicolai, German Lutheran pastor, poet, composer and hymnodist, born in Mengeringhausen, Hesse, Germany (d. 1607)
  • Nov 15 Jacques Davy Duperron, French Roman Catholic cardinal, born in Saint-Lô, Normandy, France (d. 1618)