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What Happened on October 19, 1596

Historical Events


Execution26 Martyrs of Japan Executed

Spanish galleon San Felipe is shipwrecked in Urado on the Japanese island of Shikoku en route from Manila to Acapulco. Incident leads to the crucifixion of 26 Christians who become known as the Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan.

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A painting in a Prague church commemorating the 1597 crucifixion of the 26 Catholic martyrs of Japan in Nagasaki
A painting in a Prague church commemorating the 1597 crucifixion of the 26 Catholic martyrs of Japan in Nagasaki
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1596 Highlights

About October 19, 1596

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 424 years, 5 months and 25 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Libra