On This Day

What Happened in January 1543

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 18 Alfonso Ferrabosco, Italian composer who brought madrigal music to England, born in Bologna (d. 1588)

Person of interestTokugawa Ieyasu

Jan 31 Tokugawa Ieyasu, Japanese Shogun who founded the first Tokugawa Shogunate and united Japan, born in Okazaki, Japan (d. 1616)


Famous Deaths


Person of interestJuan Rodríguez Cabrillo

Jan 3 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, Portuguese-Spanish conquistador who conquered Central America and later discovered California, dies of gangrene at around 43

Conquistador and Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
Conquistador and Explorer
Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
  • Jan 9 Guillaume du Bellay, French diplomat and general (b. 1491)