On This Day

Famous Deaths in 1650

  • Jan 11 Paul Hallman, composer, dies at 49
  • Feb 8 John Adriaensz, hydraulic engineer (Haarlemmermeer), dies at about 74

Person of interestRené Descartes

Feb 11 René Descartes, French philosopher "I think therefore I am", stops thinking due to pneumonia at 53

Philosopher René Descartes
Philosopher
René Descartes
  • Mar 29 Cornelis Galle I, Flemish engraver, dies at about 73
  • Apr 18 Simonds d'Ewes, English antiquarian (b. 1602)
  • May 20 Francesco Sacrati, composer, dies at 44
  • May 21 James Graham, Marquis of Montrose "the Great Montrose", Scottish general, hanged at 37
  • May 28 Gilles Hayne, Flemish composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 19 Matthäus Merian, Swiss engraver (b. 1593)
  • Jul 18 Christoph Scheiner, German astronomer and physicist, dies at 74
  • Aug 19 Abraham de Verwer, painter, buried at about 55
  • Sep 13 Ferdinand, of Bayern, prince-bishop of Luik/archbishop, dies at 72
  • Oct 21 Pedro de Espinosa, Spanish poet/writer, dies
  • Oct 29 David Calderwood, Scottish historian (b. 1575)
  • Nov 6 Willem II, earl of Nassau/prince of Orange, dies at 24
  • Nov 6 William II, Prince of Orange and stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands, dies at 24
  • Nov 13 Thomas May, English poet and historian (b. 1595)
  • Nov 24 Manuel Cardoso, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 13 Phineas Fletcher, English poet, dies at 68
  • Dec 31 Dorgon, Chinese emperor (b. 1612)