On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1616

  • Jan 6 Philip Henslowe, English theatrical entrepreneur during Elizabethan age, dies at about 65
  • Feb 12 Johannes van den Driesche, Flemish Hebraist, dies at 65
  • Mar 6 Francis Beaumont, Elizabethan playwright, dies (birth date unknown)
  • Mar 8 Maria Anna of Bavaria, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire, dies at 41

Miguel de Cervantes

Apr 22 Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, Spanish author (Don Quixote), dies of likely diabetes at 68

William Shakespeare

Apr 23 William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright (b. 1564) (Julian calendar) dies aged 52

  • Apr 23 El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Peruvian writer (b. 1539)

Tokugawa Ieyasu

Jun 1 Tokugawa Ieyasu, Japanese Shogun who founded the first Tokugawa Shogunate and united Japan, dies from natural causes

  • Jul 20 Hugh O'Neill, 3rd Earl of Tyrone, Irish soldier
  • Jul 25 Andreas Libavius, German alchemist, dies
  • Aug 7 Vincenzo Scamozzi, Italian architect (Procurazie Nuove, Venice), dies
  • Aug 8 Cornelis Ketel, Dutch portrait painter/poet, buried at 68
  • Aug 26 Johan van de Veeken, Dutch merchant, co-founder of VOC Chamber of Rotterdam, dies at 66
  • Oct 10 Maria van Nassau, countess of Buren, dies at 60
  • Oct 17 John Pitts, Catholic scholar and writer. (b. 1560)
  • Oct 23 Leonhard Hutter, German theologian (b. 1563)
  • Nov 23 Richard Hakluyt, English writer who promoted the colonization of America (b. 1552)
  • Dec 10 Diogo do Couto, Portuguese historian/archivist of Goa, dies at 74
  • Dec 31 Jacques Le Maire, pirate/explorer (Lemaire Strait), dies at 31