On This Day

Famous Deaths in 1559

  • Jan 1 Christian III, King of Denmark and Norway (1534-59), dies at 55
  • Jan 25 Christian II, King of Denmark, Sweden and Norway, dies at 77
  • Jan 29 Thomas Pope, English politician, benefactor, dies at about 52
  • Mar 14 Jacques d'Auchy, Walloon baptist merchant, executed
  • Mar 16 Anthony St. Leger, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1496)
  • Mar 23 Emperor Gelawdewos of Ethiopia (killed in battle) (b. 1521/1522)
  • Mar 30 Adam Ries, German mathematician (b. 1492)

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Jul 10 Henry II, King of France (1547-59), dies

King of France Henry II
King of France
Henry II
  • Aug 18 Paul IV [Giampietro Caraffa], Pope (1555-59), dies at 83
  • Sep 7 Robert Estienne, French printer (b. 1503)
  • Sep 10 Anthony Denny, confidant of King Henry VIII of England (b. 1501)
  • Oct 2 Jacquet of Mantua, French composer (b. 1483)
  • Nov 5 Kano Motonobu, Zen co-founder (Kano school of painting), dies at 83
  • Nov 18 Cuthbert Tunstall, English churchman (b. 1474)
  • Nov 28 Erasmus Sarcerius, German Lutheran theologian and reformer, dies at about 58