On This Day

Birthdays in History in 1579

  • Jan 4 Willem Teellinck, Dutch theologist/vicar
  • Jan 12 Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist, (found boiling point temperature)
  • Feb 9 John Meursius, [van Meurs], Dutch historian
  • Apr 12 François de Bassompierre, marshal of France, born in Haroué, France (d. 1646)
  • Jul 13 Arthur Dee, English physician, born in Mortlake, London (d. 1651)
  • Aug 1 Luís Vélez de Guevara, Spanish writer (El diablo cojuelo), born in Écija, Seville, Spain (d. 1644)
  • Aug 18 Charlotte Flandrina van Nassau, daughter of Willem I of Orange
  • Nov 11 Frans Snyders, Flemish painter of animals, born in Antwerp, Spanish Netherlands (d. 1657)
  • Dec 9 Martinus de Porres, Peruvian saint (patron of social justice), born in Lima, Viceroyalty of Peru (d. 1639)
  • Dec 20 John Fletcher, Jacobean playwright, born in Rye, United Kingdom