On This Day

What Happened in January 1591

Historical Events

  • Jan 18 King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat, date is now observed as Royal Thai Armed Forces day

Historic Event

Jan 27 Scottish schoolmaster Dr. John Fian burned for witchcraft at Castle Hill, Edinburgh by order King James VI. Part of the Berwick witch trials.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 11 Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex, English Civil War general (d. 1646)
  • Jan 12 José Ribera/Jusepe de Ribera, Spanish painter and printmaker, nicknamed Lo Spagnoletto (d. 1652)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 7 Jacobus de Kerle, French Flemish composer, dies at about 59
  • Jan 19 Edmond Auger, French jesuit (under Henri III), dies at about 60