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Birthdays in History in 1502

Person of interestGregory XIII

Jan 7 Gregory XIII [Ugo Boncompagni], Italian pope (1572-85) who introduced the Gregorian (New Style) calendar in 1582, born in Bologna, Papal States (d. 1585)

  • Jan 10 Hendrik Niclaes, German mystic & founder of Christian sect "Familia Caritatis", born in Münster, Germany (d. 1570)
  • Feb 2 Damião de Góis, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1574)
  • Mar 20 Pierino Belli, Italian soldier and jurist (d. 1575)
  • Apr 25 Georg Major, German Protestant theologian, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1574)
  • Jun 7 John III, King of Portugal and the Algarves (1521-57), born in the Palace of Alcáçova, Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1557)
  • Aug 4 Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Flemish painter and carpet designer
  • Sep 13 John Leland, English poet and antiquarian, born in London (d. 1552)