Famous People Born In 1550

Discover the most famous people born in 1550. The list includes people like Charles IX of France, John Napier, Charles IX, Chand Bibi, Henry I, Duke of Guise and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include composers, explorers, military leaders and emperors & kings born in 1550. This list includes people from England, Italy, Spain & France and many more countries.
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Charles IX of France
(Former King of France (1560 - 1574))
Charles IX of France
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 27th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Died: May 30, 1574

Becoming the King of France at the age 10, Charles IX presided over a kingdom which was torn apart by the Wars of Religion between Protestants and Catholics. The infamous massacre of Huguenot leaders in Paris, instigated by his mother Catherine, left a traumatic effect on the mind of the ruler who succumbed to tuberculosis at the age of 23.

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John Napier
(Inventor of Logarithms)
John Napier
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Listed In: Mathematicians
Birthdate: 1st February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Merchiston Tower, Edinburgh
Died: April 4, 1617

John Napier was a Scottish mathematician, astronomer, and physicist. He is credited with introducing logarithms as a means of simplifying calculations. He also invented Napier's bones, a manually-operated calculating device. In addition to his interest in mathematics, John Napier was also known for his skills as a magician; it is said that he dabbled in necromancy and alchemy.

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Henry I, Duke of Guise
(Noblemen)
Henry I, Duke of Guise
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 31st December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: France
Died: December 23, 1588
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Anastasia Romanovna
(First spouse of the Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible)
Anastasia Romanovna
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Russia
Died: August 7, 1560
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Stanislaus Kostka
(Saint)
Stanislaus Kostka
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Listed In: Saints
Birthdate: 28th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rostkowo, Poland
Died: August 15, 1568
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Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford
(Courtier)
Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford
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Listed In: Noblemen
Birthdate: 12th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hedingham Castle, England
Died: June 24, 1604
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Safiye Sultan
(Wife of Murad III)
Safiye Sultan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Dukagjin highlands, Albania
Died: 1618 AD
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Jacobus Gallus
(Composer)
Jacobus Gallus
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 3rd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ribnica, Slovenia
Died: July 18, 1591
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Marie Eleonore of Cleves
(Duchess)
Marie Eleonore of Cleves
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 16th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kleve, Germany
Died: June 1, 1608
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Juan de Oñate
(1st Spanish Governor of New Mexico)
Juan de Oñate
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Listed In: Explorers
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Zacatecas, Mexico
Died: June 4, 1626
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Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone
(Author)
Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone
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Listed In: Revolutionaries
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Tír Eoghain
Died: July 20, 1616
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Camillus de Lellis
(Priest)
Camillus de Lellis
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 25th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Province of Chieti, Italy
Died: July 14, 1614
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Margaret Ward
(Saint)
Margaret Ward
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Listed In: Saints
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Congleton, Cheshire, England
Died: August 30, 1588
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Keumalahayati
(Aceh Warrior Who Became the First Female Navy Admiral of the Modern World)
Keumalahayati
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Aceh Besar Regency, Indonesia
Died: 1615 AD

Remembered as the first woman to become a navy admiral in the modern world, widowed Aceh warrior Keumalahayati led an army of widows named Inong Balee. She fought valiantly against the Dutch, leading to their surrender and a peace treaty. She died fighting a Portuguese fleet at Teuluk Krueng Raya.

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Pope Paul V
(Pope)
Pope Paul V
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 17th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: January 28, 1621
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Willem Barentsz
(Dutch Navigator, Cartographer, and Arctic Explorer)
Willem Barentsz
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Listed In: Explorers
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Terschelling, Netherlands
Died: June 20, 1597

Willem Barentsz was a Dutch cartographer, navigator, and Arctic explorer. Barentsz was part of three expeditions in search of a Northeast passage to the far north. Although the first two expeditions were unsuccessful, Willem Barentsz and his crew discovered Bear Island and Spitsbergen during their third expedition. Many places, including the Barents Sea, have been named in his honor.

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Philip Henslowe
(Entrepreneur)
Philip Henslowe
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Lindfield, England
Died: January 6, 1616
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Ralph Fitch
(Explorer)
Ralph Fitch
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Listed In: Explorers
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Derby, United Kingdom
Died: 1611 AD
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Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone
(Was an Irish Gaelic lord, Earl of Tyrone)
Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: County Tyrone
Died: July 20, 1616
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Alonso Pérez de Guzmán y Sotomayor, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia
(Spanish Nobleman and the Commander of the 1588 Spanish Armada)
Alonso Pérez de Guzmán y Sotomayor, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 10th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain
Died: July 26, 1615

Alonso Pérez de Guzmán y Sotomayor, who was the 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia, commanded the 1588 Spanish Armada. Part of the Spanish noble house of Guzmán, he continued to exercise control over the Spanish navy during the reigns of both Philip II and Philip III, in spite of naval disasters.

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Francisco Sanches
(French Physician and Philosopher)
Francisco Sanches
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Listed In: Philosophers
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Tui, Spain
Died: November 16, 1623

Francisco Sanches was a skeptic, philosopher and physician, best known for his 1581 skeptical work, Quod nihil scitur (That Nothing Is Known). Born in Spain and educated in France and Italy, he served as a professor of philosophy and medicine at the University of Toulouse, publishing several other works, which are believed to have influenced eminent philosophers like René Descartes.

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Chand Bibi
(Regent and Warrior)
Chand Bibi
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Birthdate: 30th November
Died: 1599 AD

Chand Bibi was an Indian warrior and ruler who served as the regent of the Bijapur Sultanate from 1580 to 1590. From 1595 to 1600, she also served as the regent of the Ahmednagar Sultanate. Chand Bibi is best remembered for fending off the Mughal forces of Akbar from Ahmednagar in 1595. 

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Orazio Vecchi
(Composer)
Orazio Vecchi
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 6th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Modena
Died: February 19, 1605
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Karin Mansdotter
(Queen)
Karin Mansdotter
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Birthdate: 6th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Uppland, Sweden
Died: September 13, 1612
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Emilio de' Cavalieri
(Composer)
Emilio de' Cavalieri
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 11, 1602
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Andreas Libavius
(German Poet and Novelist Known for Practicing Alchemy and Writing a Book Called 'Alchemia')
Andreas Libavius
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Halle, Germany
Died: June 30, 1616

Andreas Libavius was a German professor and physician. He was a renaissance man known for practicing alchemy. He wrote a book called Alchemia, one of the first chemistry textbooks ever written. He taught history and poetry at the University of Jena and later became a physician at the Gymnasium in Rothenburg. He also founded the Gymnasium at Coburg. 

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Alexander Montgomerie
(Courtier)
Alexander Montgomerie
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: August 22, 1598

Alexander Montgomerie was a Scottish poet and courtier best remembered as one of the most important members of the Castalian Band, a group of poets in James VI's court; the group included the king himself. Widely regarded as the king's favorite, Montgomerie wrote poems that explored complex themes like love. His works have drawn comparisons with writers like George Herbert.

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Michael Maestlin
(Astronomer)
Michael Maestlin
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 30th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Göppingen, Germany
Died: October 26, 1631

Once a Lutheran pastor, Michael Maestlin later became one of the greatest astronomers from Germany. He was one of the first to teach the heliocentric Copernican theory and later became famous as the mentor of Johannes Kepler. He was also apparently the first to measure the orbit of a comet.

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Mikołaj Sęp Szarzyński
(Poet)
Mikołaj Sęp Szarzyński
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Zymna Voda, Ukraine
Died: 1581 AD

Though born into a Protestant family, poet Mikołaj Sęp Szarzyński later followed Roman Catholicism and became part of the Dominican order. Known for his patriotic and religious verses, he left behind a significant collection, later published as Rhythms or Polish Verses. He also penned metaphysical sonnets, using inverted word orders.

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Giorgio Basta
(Italian Diplomat, General, and Writer)
Giorgio Basta
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Roccaforzata, Italy
Died: 1607 AD

Giorgio Basta was an Italian diplomat, general, and writer. He was ordered to command Habsburg forces by Rudolf II in the Long War of 1591–1606. Basta is also remembered for his missionary work in Transylvania, where he was sent to restore Catholicism as the main religion. Giorgio Basta also authored several books on military leadership. 

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John Davis
(explorer)
John Davis
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Listed In: Explorers
Birthdate: 30th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stoke Gabriel
Died: December 29, 1605
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Henry Barrow
(Religious leader)
Henry Barrow
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Shipdam, England
Died: April 6, 1593

Henry Barrow was a Separatist, or Brownist, who broke away from the traditional Anglican church. He was a leader of the illegal Puritan group London Underground Church and was later imprisoned, charged with authoring seditious books, and executed on the scaffold, along with co-Separatist John Greenwood.

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Vicente Espinel
(Writer)
Vicente Espinel
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 28th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ronda, Spain
Died: February 4, 1624
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Giulio Cesare Polerio
(Chess player)
Giulio Cesare Polerio
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Listed In: Chess Players
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Lanciano, Italy
Died: 1610 AD
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Rei Amador
(Former leader of a famous slave rebellion that took place in 1595 in the African islands of São Tomé and Príncipe)
Rei Amador
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Sao Tome Island, São Tomé and Príncipe
Died: 1596 AD