On This Day

Famous People Born in 1564

Galileo Galilei

Feb 15 Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer who has been called the father of science, born in Pisa, Duchy of Florence, Italy (d. 1642)

  • Feb 26 Christopher Marlowe, English poet and dramatist (Dr Faustus), born in Canterbury, England (d. 1593) baptism date
  • Mar 9 David Fabricius, German astronomer (discovered variable star), born in Esens, Germany (d. 1617)

William Shakespeare

Apr 23 William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright (Romeo and Juliet; Macbeth: Hamlet), born in Stratford upon Avon, (d. 1616) traditionally regarded as his birthdate,

  • Sep 24 William Adams, English navigator and 1st ever Western Samurai, born in Gillingham, Kent, England (d. 1620)
  • Nov 22 Henry Brooke, 11th Baron Cobham, English conspirator against the rule of James I of England, born in Cobham Hall, Kent (d. 1619)
  • Dec 24 Abraham Bloemaert, Dutch painter & printmaker, born in Gorinchem (d. 1651)