On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1644

  • Jan 30 William Chillingworth, English religious leader, dies at 41
  • Mar 5 Louise Juliana of Nassau, Regent of Bohemia by marriage to Frederick IV, Elector Palatine, dies at 73
  • Mar 24 Archduchess Cecilia Renata of Austria, Queen of Poland, dies at 32

Chongzhen

Apr 25 Chongzhen, last Ming Emperor of China, commits suicide at 33

  • Jun 16 John of Saint Thomas [Juan Poinset], Portuguese theologist, dies at 54
  • Jul 2 William Gascoigne, English astronomer and mathematician (introduced telescopic sights), is killed in the Battle of Marston Moor at 24
  • Jul 29 Urban VIII [Maffeo Barberini], Pope (1623-44), dies
  • Aug 5 J Henry Alting, German theologist (Statenvertaling), dies at 61
  • Sep 4 John Wtenbogaert, Dutch theologist (Kerckelicke history), dies at 87
  • Sep 7 Guido Bentivoglio, Italian statesman (b. 1579)
  • Sep 8 Francis Quarles, English poet (Enchiridion), dies at 52
  • Oct 6 Elisabeth of France, Queen consort of Philip IV of Spain (1621-44), dies at 41
  • Nov 10 Luís Vélez de Guevara, Spanish writer (El diablo cojuelo), dies at 65
  • Dec 30 Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist (b. 1577)