On This Day

Famous Deaths in 1612

  • Jan 4 Henry L Spieghel, Dutch merchant/writer, dies at 62
  • Jan 20 Rudolf II von Habsburg, Emperor of Germany (1576-1612), dies at 59
  • Jan 27 Maarten van Valckenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 77
  • Jan 28 Thomas Bodley, diplomat/founder (Bodleian Library), dies
  • Feb 6 Christopher Clavius, calendar reformer, dies (birth date unknown)
  • Feb 17 Ernest of Bavaria, Prince-elector-archbishop of the Archbishopric of Cologne, dies at 57
  • Feb 17 Jodocus Hondius, Flemish cartoonist/mathematician, dies at 48
  • Mar 14 Philip Galle, Flemish engraver, dies at about 74
  • Apr 11 Edward Wightman, English Baptist preacher (b. 1566)
  • Apr 13 Sasaki Kojirō, Japanese samurai
  • Apr 18 Emanuel Van Meteren, Flemish merchant and historian, dies at 76
  • May 24 Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and English Prime Minister (1598-1612), dies at 48
  • Jun 8 Hans Leo Hassler, German composer, dies at 49
  • Jun 13 Charles III de Croÿ, Prince of Chimay and Duke of Aarschot, dies at 51
  • Jul 24 Ottavio M Frangipani, Pope elect, dies
  • Jul 29 Jacques Bongars, French scholar and diplomat (b. 1554)
  • Aug 4 Hugh Broughton, English scholar (b. 1549)
  • Aug 12 Giovanni Gabrieli, Italian composer (Madrigali), dies at about 60
  • Sep 9 Nakagawa Hidenari, Japanese warlord (b. 1570)
  • Sep 12 Tsar Vasili IV of Russia (b. 1552)
  • Sep 27 Piotr Skarga, Polish theology/PM (Sanctity of Life), dies at 76
  • Sep 30 Ercole Bottrigari, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 7 Menso Alting, Dutch reformed vicar and theologist, dies at 70
  • Oct 7 Giovanni Battista Guarini, Italian writer (Faithfull Shepherd), dies at 73
  • Nov 20 John Harington, English writer (b. 1561)