On This Day

Famous People Who Died in January 1543

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)