Famous People Who Died in 1566

  • Jan 7 Louis de Blois "Dacrianus", French Benedictine writer and poet, dies at about 60
  • Feb 3 George Cassander, Flemish theologian (b. 1513)
  • Mar 9 David Rizzio, Italian secretary of Mary Queen of Scots, murdered by Protestant nobles
  • Mar 26 Antonio de Cabezon, Spanish composer, dies
  • Mar 28 Siegmund Freiherr von Herberstein, Austrian diplomat, dies at 79
  • Apr 25 Diane de Poitiers, French mistress of French King Henry II, dies at 66
  • Apr 25 Louise LabĂ©, French poet
  • May 4 Luca Ghini, Italian physician and botanist (b. 1490)
  • May 10 Leonhard Fuchs, German physician and botanist (Notable Commentaries on the History of Plants) for which the flowering plants and color Fuchsia is named after, dies at 65


Jul 2 Nostradamus [Michel de Nostre-Dam], French astrologist and prophet (Les Propheties), dies at 62

  • Jul 18 BartolomĂ© de las Casas, Spanish friar and social historian, dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Agnes Waterhouse, British woman hanged after being convicted of witchcraft at approximately 63
  • Jul 30 Guillaume Rondelet, French naturalist famous for his study of marine animals, dies at 58
  • Jul 31 Bartholome de Casas, Spanish historian/bishop of Chiapa, dies at 92
  • Aug 4 Girolamo della Robbia, Italian sculptor (Majolica relief), dies
  • Sep 2 Taddeo Zuccari, Italian painter, dies at 37

Suleiman the Magnificent

Sep 5 Suleiman the Magnificent, Ottoman Sultan and the longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1530-1566), dies at 71 [or Sep 6]

  • Sep 22 John Agricola [Schneider], German theologian, a friend of Martin Luther, dies at 72
  • Sep 27 Marcus A Vida [Marcus Hieronymus], Italian humanist/poet/bishop, dies
  • Nov 21 Annibale Caro, Italian writer and poet (Lettere familiare), dies at 59