On This Day

What Happened in February 1577

Historical Events

  • Feb 6 King Henri de Bourbon of Navarra becomes leader of the Huguenots
  • Feb 12 Spanish land guardian Don Juan of Habsburg signs "Eternal Edict"

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 6 Beatrice Cenci, Italian noblewoman executed for fratricide, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1599)
  • Feb 8 Robert Burton, British writer and Anglican clergyman (The Anatomy of Melancholy), born in Lindley, Leicestershire, England (d. 1640)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 26 Erik XIV, King of Sweden (1560-69), dies of lethal arsenic poisoning at 43