Famous People Born In 1596

Discover the most famous people born in 1596. The list includes people like Pocahontas, René Déscartes, Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, Michael I of Russia, Frederick V, Elector Palatine and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, artists, emperors & kings and theologians born in 1596. This list includes people from England, Netherlands and many more countries.
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René Déscartes
(French Philosopher, Mathematician and Inventor of ‘Analytic Geometry’)
René Déscartes
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 31st March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Descartes, France
Died: February 11, 1650
René Descartes, the father of modern philosophy, laid down the idea of rationalism, later followed by Spinoza and Leibniz. Descartes also contributed to the field of analytical geometry and led to the Cartesian coordinate system being named after him. His Meditations on First Philosophy is still taught at many universities.
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Pocahontas
(Native American)
Pocahontas
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Gloucester County, Virginia
Died: February 29, 1617

Pocahontas was a Native American woman born in the Powhatan tribal nation. She was embroiled in the hostility between the English colonial settlers and the natives in Virginia during the 1610s. Later she married an Englishman and was taken to England in 1616 for the world to see the example of the ‘civilised savage’. Her legacy continues in the US.

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Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia
(Electress)
Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia
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Birthdate: 19th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palace Buildings, Rosyth, Scotland
Died: February 13, 1662
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Michael I of Russia
Michael I of Russia
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Birthdate: 12th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: July 12, 1645
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Emperor Go-Mizunoo
(Emperor of Japan)
Emperor Go-Mizunoo
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 29th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Died: September 11, 1680

Emperor Go-Mizunoo made history by being the first Japanese emperor to rule throughout the Edo period. Before he acquired the Chrysanthemum Throne, he was known as Kotohito or Masahito. He eventually abdicated the throne for his daughter, Okiko. The Imperial Mausoleum in Kyoto is dedicated to him.

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Jan van Goyen
(Painter)
Jan van Goyen
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 13th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: April 27, 1656
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Petro Mohyla
(Theologian)
Petro Mohyla
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Birthdate: 21st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moldavia, Romania
Died: January 1, 1647
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Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano
(Italian Military Commander Who Founded the House of Savoy's Carignano Branch)
Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 21st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: January 22, 1656

Italian military commander Thomas Francis, who was also the Prince of Carignano, is remembered as the founder of the House of Savoy’s Savoy-Carignano branch. He initially supported Spain against the French during the Piedmontese Civil War, but soon changed sides and began fighting for France against the Spanish forces.

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Frederick V, Elector Palatine
(King)
Frederick V, Elector Palatine
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 26th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lauterhofen, Germany
Died: November 29, 1632
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Jean Bolland
(Priest)
Jean Bolland
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 18th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Herve, Belgium
Died: September 12, 1665
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Pietro da Cortona
(Former Baroque painter and architect)
Pietro da Cortona
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 1st November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cortona, Italy
Died: May 16, 1669
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James Shirley
(Dramatist)
James Shirley
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Listed In: Playwrights
Birthdate: 18th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 29, 1666
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Constantijn Huygens
(Dutch Golden Age Poet and Composer)
Constantijn Huygens
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 4th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: March 28, 1687

Part of the Dutch Golden Age, Constantijn Huygens was at the same time a composer and a poet. A diplomat, too, he went to England multiple times, where he was introduced to New Science by Francis Bacon, which he then popularized in the Netherlands. He also translated John Donne’s poems.

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Johan Banér
(Swedish Field Marshal)
Johan Banér
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 23rd June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Djursholm, Sweden
Died: May 10, 1641

Johan Banér was a Swedish army man best remembered for his participation in the Thirty Years' War where he served as the Field Marshal. He also played important roles in the Ingrian War, Polish–Swedish War of 1621 to 1625, and Polish–Swedish War of 1626 to 1629.

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Jacob van Campen
(Architect)
Jacob van Campen
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Birthdate: 2nd February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: May 9, 1657
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Ralph Hopton, 1st Baron Hopton
(Politician)
Ralph Hopton, 1st Baron Hopton
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 29th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Witham, England
Died: August 31, 1652
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Jörg Jenatsch
(Swiss Political Leader)
Jörg Jenatsch
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Samedan, Switzerland
Died: January 24, 1639
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Thomas de Keyser
(Painter)
Thomas de Keyser
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: 1667 AD
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John Dury
(Minister)
John Dury
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 26, 1680
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Richard Mather
(Minister)
Richard Mather
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Lowton, England
Died: April 22, 1669

Richard Mather was a Puritan minister in colonial Boston in the 17th-century. He began his career as a school teacher and later became a minister. He soon gained fame as a preacher and traveled to many places to preach. He was a leader of New England Congregationalism and a co-author of the Bay Psalm Book. 

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Lucas Holstenius
(German Geographer, Historian and Librarian Best Known for His Annotated Editions of Geographical Works)
Lucas Holstenius
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Birthdate: 27th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: February 2, 1661

German classical scholar Lucas Holstenius is best remembered for his Epistolae ad diversos, which offers a mirror of his era. His notes and annotations on various geographical works are also significant. He also headed the Vatican Library as its librarian and revised the Italian map at the Vatican gallery.