On This Day

Famous People Born in 1620

  • Jan 9 Johann Weichmann, German organist, and sacred and secular music composer (Sorgen-Lägerin), born in Wolgast, Pomerania (d. 1652)
  • Jan 31 Georg F von Waldeck, German commander-in-chief
  • Feb 4 Gustaf Bonde, Swedish statesman (d. 1667)
  • Feb 15 Francois Charpentier, French scholar and archaeologist, born in Paris, France (d. 1702)
  • Feb 16 Frederick William, Great Elector, founder of Brandenburg-Prussia
  • Mar 12 Johann Heinrich Hottinger, Swiss philologist and theologian (d. 1667)

Person of interestMarguerite Bourgeoys

Apr 17 Marguerite Bourgeoys, French founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (first Canadian saint), born in Troyes, France (d. 1700)

First Canadian Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys
First Canadian Saint
Marguerite Bourgeoys
  • Apr 24 John Graunt, English statistician, founder of science of demography, born in London (d. 1674)
  • May 23 Pieter Neefs, the Younger, Flemish painter, baptized in Antwerp
  • Jun 29 Masaniello [Tommaso Aniello], Italian fisherman and leader of the 1647 Naples revolt against the rule of Habsburg Spain, born in Naples, Spanish Empire (d. 1647)
  • Jul 21 Jean Picard, French astronomer, born in La Flèche, France (d. 1682)
  • Jul 29 Nicolaas Heinsius, Dutch philologist/diplomat
  • Aug 12 Pieter Cuypers, S Neth lawyer
  • Sep 6 Isabella Leonarda, Italian religious composer, born in Novara, Italy (d. 1704)
  • Sep 29 Jean Louis d'Elderen, 63rd prince-bishop of Luik (1688-94), born in Tongeren (modern Belgium)
  • Oct 1 Nicolaes Pietersz Berchem, Dutch landscape painter and etcher, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1683)
  • Oct 20 Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch painter (d. 1691)
  • Oct 30 Michael de Ronghe, composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1696)
  • Oct 31 John Evelyn, English writer and diarist (Life of Mrs Godolphin), born in Wotten, England (d. 1706)
  • Nov 10 Anne "Ninon" de l'Enclos, French patron of the arts, courtesan and writer, born in Paris, France (d. 1705)
  • Nov 20 Peregrine White, First English child born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, born aboard the Mayflower (d. 1704)
  • Dec 18 Heinrich Roth, German Sanskrit scholar (d. 1668)