On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1543

Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo

Jan 3 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, Portuguese-Spanish conquistador who conquered Central America and later discovered California, dies of gangrene at around 43

  • Jan 9 Guillaume du Bellay, French diplomat and general (b. 1491)
  • Feb 10 Johann Eck, German Scholastic theologian and early counter-reformer against Lutheran challenges, dies a 56
  • Feb 11 Ahmed Gran, sultan of Adal, dies in battle at Wayna Daga

Nicolaus Copernicus

May 24 Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician and astronomer who theorized that planets revolve around the sun (Heliocentric theory), dies at 70

  • Jun 27 Agnolo Firenzuola, Italian poet and litterateur, dies at 49
  • Jul 19 Lady Mary Boleyn, mistress of King Henry VIII of England