On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1596

  • Jan 21 John Ligarius, German theologist/prime minister, dies at 66

Francis Drake

Jan 28 Francis Drake, English pirate, Admiral and Governor of Newfoundland (Porto Bello West Indies), dies of dysentery at 50

  • Feb 17 Friedrich Sylburg, German classical scholar (b. 1536)
  • Feb 19 Blaise de Vigenère, French cryptographer, dies at 72
  • Mar 23 Henry Unton, English diplomat
  • May 27 Tibaldi II, Italian painter/sculptor/architect, dies
  • Jul 29 Jacobus Latomus, Flemish poet (Psalms/Jeremias) dies at about 84
  • Aug 11 Hamnet Shakespeare, son of William Shakespeare (b. 1585)
  • Sep 9 Anna Jagiellon, Polish Queen
  • Sep 13 Pieter D Keyzer/Keyser, astronomer/navigator (Java)
  • Sep 15 Leonhard Rauwolf, German physician and botanist (b. 1535 or 1540)
  • Oct 3 Florent Chrestien, French writer (b. 1541)
  • Nov 1 Pierre Pithou, French lawyer and scholar (Les Libertés de l’église gallicane), dies at 57
  • Nov 10 Peter Wentworth, English Puritan politician (b. 1530)
  • Dec 8 Luis de Carabajal, 1st Jewish author in America, executed in Mexico