On This Day

Famous People Born in 1616

  • Jan 13 Antoinette Bourignon, Flemish mystic/French religious fanatic
  • Jan 16 François de Vendôme, duc de Beaufort, French soldier (d. 1669)
  • Feb 19 Jacques de Saint-Luc, Flemish composer and lutenist, born in Ath (d. ca. 1710)
  • Feb 28 Kaspar Förster, German composer, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1673)
  • Mar 6 Malachias Siebenhaar, composer
  • Mar 29 Johann Erasmus Kindermann, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1655)
  • May 19 Johann Jakob Froberger, German singer/organist/composer
  • May 24 John Maitland, 1st Duke of Lauderdale, born in Lethington Castle, East Lothian, Scotland (d. 1682)
  • Oct 2 Andreas Gryphius, German lyric poet and dramatist, born in Glogau, Silesia (d. 1664)
  • Oct 20 Thomas Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian (d. 1680)

Person of interestJohn Wallis

Dec 3 John Wallis, English mathematician and cryptographer who introduced ∞ as a symbol for infinity, born in Ashford, England (d. 1703)

Mathematician and Cryptographer John Wallis
Mathematician and Cryptographer
John Wallis
  • Dec 21 Pietro Andrea Ziani, Italian organist & composer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1684)