On This Day

Famous People Born in 1588

John Winthrop

Jan 12 John Winthrop, English Puritan lawyer and 1st governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, born in Edwardstone, England (d. 1649)

  • Feb 19 Pieter de Carpentier, Flemish gov-gen of Dutch East-Indies
  • Feb 26 Nicolaus Erich, German composer (d. 1631)

Thomas Hobbes

Apr 5 Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher (Leviathan), born in Westport, England (d. 1679)

  • Apr 15 Claudius Salmasius [Claude Saumaise], French linguist, born in Semur-en-Auxois, France (d. 1653)
  • May 13 Ole Worm, Danish physician, born in Aarhus, Denmark–Norway (d. 1654)
  • May 28 Pierre Séguier, Chancellor of France, born in Paris (d. 1672)
  • Jun 9 Johann Andreas Herbst, German composer, born in Nuremberg
  • Jun 11 George Wither, English writer (Abuses Stript and Whipt), born in Hampshire, England (d. 1667)
  • Sep 1 Henry II, Prince of Condé, French nobleman (d. 1646)
  • Sep 8 Marin Mersenne, French mathematician (Number of Mersenne), born in Oizé, Maine, France (d. 1648)
  • Sep 10 Nicholas Lanier, English composer, born in London (d. 1666)
  • Nov 27 Valerius Andreas, Flemish historian, born in Dessel, North Brabant (d. 1655)
  • Dec 10 Isaac Beeckman, Dutch scientist and philosopher, born in Middelburg, Netherlands (d. 1637)
  • Dec 24 Constance of Austria, queen of Poland, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1631)