On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1642

Person of interestGalileo Galilei

Jan 8 Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer who has been called the father of science, dies at 77

Astronomer and Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer and Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • Feb 7 William Bedell, English clergyman (b. 1571)
  • Apr 30 Dmitry Pozharsky, Russian prince (known for his military leadership during the Polish–Muscovite War 1611-12), dies at 63
  • May 6 Frans Francken the Younger, Flemish painter, dies on 61st birthday
  • Jul 3 Maria de' Medici, French queen-mother, dies at about 69
  • Jul 18 Willem earl of Nassau-Siegen, gov of Ft Emmerik/Heusden, dies
  • Aug 18 Guido Reni, Italian Baroque painter, dies at 66
  • Sep 3 Elisabeth of Nassau, Daughter of Willem I & Charlotte of Bourbon, dies at 65
  • Sep 12 Cinq Mars, French plotter, executed
  • Sep 29 RenĂ© Goupil, French Catholic missionary, one of Canadian Martyrs (b. 1608)
  • Nov 1 Jean Nicolet, French explorer (b. 1598)
  • Nov 7 Henry Montagu, 1st Earl of Manchester, English politician
  • Dec 4 Armand-Jean Duplessis Richelieu, bishop of Lucon, dies at about 57