On This Day

Famous Deaths in 1639

  • Jan 20 Mustapha I, sultan of Turkey (1622-23), dies
  • Jan 23 Francisco Maldonado da Silva Solis, Peruvian poet, burned at stake
  • Jan 24 George Jenatsch, Grisons leader, assassinated
  • Mar 22 Thomas Carew, English poet/diplomat (The Rapture), dies
  • May 21 Tommaso Campanella, Italian theologian, philosopher and poet, dies at 70
  • Jun 1 Melchior Franck, German composer
  • Jun 2 Floris II van Pallandt, Dutch earl of Culemborg and politician, dies at 62
  • Jul 9 Entonius Walaeus, Dutch Calvinist theologist, dies at 65
  • Jul 18 Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar, German prince and general (b. 1604)
  • Aug 4 Juan R Alarcon y Mendoza, Mexican/Spanish playwright, dies at 58
  • Aug 7 Martin van den Hove, Dutch scientist (b. 1605)
  • Aug 20 Martin Opitz, German poet/historian (Troerinnen), dies at 41
  • Sep 20 John Meursius, [van Meurs], historian, dies at 60
  • Oct 7 John I Pontanus, physicist/historian (Amsterdam), dies at 68
  • Oct 28 Stefano Landi, Italian composer (b. 1587)
  • Nov 3 Martinus de Porres, Peruvian saint (patron of social justice), dies at 69
  • Nov 7 William Cobbold, composer, dies at 79
  • Nov 7 Thomas Arundell, 1st Baron Arundell of Wardour, English politician
  • Nov 26 John Spottiswoode, Scottish historian (b. 1565)