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Famous Deaths in 1656

  • Jan 3 Mathieu Molé, French statesman (b. 1584)
  • Feb 27 Johan van Heemskerk, Dutch lawyer/writer/interpreter, dies
  • Mar 21 Armagh James Ussher, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (claimed world began 4004 BC), dies at 76
  • Apr 24 Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist (b. 1561)
  • Apr 27 Gerard van Honthorst, painter, dies at 65
  • Apr 27 Jan J van Goyen, Dutch landscape painter, dies at 60
  • Jun 9 Thomas Tomkins, composer, dies
  • Jul 2 François-Marie, comte de Broglie, Italian-born French commander (b. 1611)
  • Jul 7 Michelangelo Rossi, Italian opera composer, buried at about 55
  • Jul 8 Alexander van der Capellen, mister of Aartsbergen, dies at about 64
  • Jul 27 Salomo Glassius, German theologian (b. 1593)
  • Aug 11 Prince Octavio Piccolomini, Duke of Amalfi, Austrian field marshal (b. 1599)
  • Sep 8 Joseph Hall, English bishop and writer (Virgidemiarum: Six Books), dies at 82
  • Oct 2 Stephan Otto, German composer, dies at 53

Person of interestMyles Standish

Oct 3 Myles Standish, Plymouth Colony leader, dies of strangury at 72

Military Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles Standish
Military Leader of Plymouth Colony
Myles Standish
  • Oct 8 Johann Georg I, ruler of Saxon (1611-56, Peace of Prague), dies at 71
  • Nov 6 Johan IV, duke of Braganca/king of Portugal (1640-56), dies at 52
  • Nov 6 Jean-Baptiste Morin, French scientist (b. 1583)