On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1554

  • Jan 1 Pedro de Valdivia, Spanish conquistador & first royal governor of Chile, dies at 56
  • Jan 16 Christiern Pedersen, Danish humanist (b. 1480)

ExecutionJane Grey

Feb 12 Jane Grey, Queen of England for 9 days, beheaded for treason at 16

  • Feb 12 Lord Guildford Dudley, Jane Grey's husband, beheaded at about 19 for treason
  • Feb 21 Hieronymus Bock, German doctor (founder of modern botany), dies
  • Feb 23 Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, Lady Jane Grey's father, executed
  • Mar 3 Johann Friedrich, the Generous, Elector of Saxony (1532-47) and Head of the Protestant Confederation of Germany (the Schmalkaldic League), dies at 50
  • Apr 11 Thomas Wyatt the younger, English rebel (b. 1521)
  • Jun 19 Sixt[us] Birck [Xystus Betulius], German writer (Judith), dies at 53
  • Aug 25 Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, English great admiral, dies

Francisco Vázquez de Coronado

Sep 22 Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, Spanish explorer and conquistador who led 1st European expedition to discover the Grand Canyon, dies of disease at about 44