Famous People Who Died in 1554

  • Jan 1 Pedro de Valdivia, Spanish conquistador & first royal governor of Chile, dies at 56
  • Jan 16 Christiern Pedersen, Danish humanist (b. 1480)

Jane Grey (1537-1554)

Feb 12 Queen of England in 1553 for 9 days, beheaded for treason at 16

  • Feb 12 Lord Guildford Dudley, Jane Grey's husband, beheaded at about 19 for treason
  • Feb 21 Hieronymus Bock, German doctor (founder of modern botany), dies
  • Feb 23 Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, Lady Jane Grey's father, executed
  • Mar 3 Johann Friedrich, the Generous, Elector of Saxony (1532-47) and Head of the Protestant Confederation of Germany (the Schmalkaldic League), dies at 50
  • Apr 11 Thomas Wyatt the younger, English rebel (b. 1521)
  • Jun 19 Sixt Birck [Xystus Betulius], German writer and humanist (Judith), dies at 53
  • Aug 25 Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, English great admiral, dies

Francisco Vázquez de Coronado (1510-1554)

Sep 22 Spanish explorer and conquistador who led 1st European expedition to discover the Grand Canyon, dies of disease at about 44