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What Happened in 1544

Historical Events

  • Jan 30 Adrian van Goes becomes land advocate of Holland
  • Apr 14 Battle at Carignano: French troops under Earl d'Enghien beat Swiss

Famous People Born in 1544

  • Jan 19 Francis II, King of France (1559-60) and husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, born in Château de Fontainebleau, France (d. 1560)
  • Mar 11 Torquato Tasso, Italian Renaissance poet (Aminta, Apologia), born in Sorrento, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1595)
  • May 24 William Gilbert, English physician and physicist (researcher into magnetism), born in Colchester, England (d. 1603)
  • Nov 27 Ascanio Trombeti, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1590)
  • Dec 23 Anna, duchess of Saxson/wife of prince Willem of Orange (1561-71)

Famous People Who Died in 1544

  • Mar 22 Johannes Magnus, last Catholic Archbishop of Sweden (b. 1488)
  • Apr 30 Thomas Audley, 1st Baron Audley of Walden, Lord Chancellor of England
  • May 29 Jacobus Latomus [Jasques Masson], Belgian inquisitor, dies at about 68
  • Jun 14 Antoine, Duke of Lorraine, dies at 55
  • Jul 18 René van Chalon, viceroy of Holland, dies in battle at 25

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