On This Day

Famous Deaths in 1572

  • Feb 23 Pierre Certon, French composer
  • Feb 28 Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (b. 1505)
  • Mar 2 Mem de Sá, Portuguese Governor-General of Brazil
  • Mar 27 Girolamo Maggi, Italian Renaissance man (b. abt. 1523)
  • May 1 Pius V, [Antonio Ghislieri], great-inquisiteur/Pope (1566-72), dies
  • Jun 2 Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, executed at 36
  • Jun 9 Jeanne d'Albret, queen of Navarra, dies at 44
  • Jun 24 Adrianus van Gouda, lay brother, hanged
  • Jun 24 Cornelis van Diest, lay brother, hanged
  • Jun 24 Daniel van Arendonck, clergyman, hanged
  • Jun 24 Joannes van Naarden, priest, hanged
  • Jun 24 Ludovicus Voets, priest, hanged
  • Jul 7 Sigismund II Augustus, King of Poland (1548-72), dies at 51
  • Jul 25 Isaac Luria, Jewish mystic (considered the founder of Kabbalah), dies at around 38 years of age
  • Aug 20 Miguel López de Legazpi, Spanish conquistador (b. 1502)
  • Aug 22 Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland (b. 1528)
  • Aug 24 Gaspard de Châtillon, Count the Coligny, French gen/admiral and Huguenot leader, beheaded
  • Aug 24 Death of thousands of French Protestants by Roman Catholics in the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, beginning in Paris
  • Aug 24 Pierre de la Ramée, French humanist (b. 1515)
  • Aug 24 Charles de Téligny, French Huguenot soldier (bc. 1535)
  • Aug 26 Petrus Ramus, French philosopher (b. 1515)
  • Aug 27 Claude Goudimel, French composer
  • Sep 5 Pieter Tichelmann, Flemish Franciscan, dies at about 71
  • Sep 30 Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía and Jesuit priest, dies at 61
  • Oct 24 Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby, English politician (bc. 1508)
  • Nov 23 Agnolo di Cosimo, Italian artist and poet (b. 1503)
  • Nov 24 John Knox, Scottish preacher, dies at about 67
  • Dec 10 Cornelis Musius, Dutch humanist/poet, murdered at 72
  • Dec 30 Galeazzo Alessi, Italian architect (Palazza Marino, Milan), dies at 60