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What Happened in 1597

Historical Events

  • Feb 5 A group of early Japanese Christians, known as the 26 Martyrs, are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society
  • Apr 23 William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance

Famous People Born in 1597

  • Jan 12 François Duquesnoy, French sculptor (d. 1643)
  • Jan 31 John Francis Regis, French saint (d. 1640)
  • Feb 24 Vincent Voiture, French poet (d. 1648)
  • Mar 1 Jean-Charles de la Faille, Belgian mathematician (d. 1652)
  • Apr 9 John Davenport, Puritan clergyman and cofounder of the New Haven Colony, born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1670)

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World Leaders in 1597

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Famous People Who Died in 1597

  • Jan 15 Juan de Herrera, Spanish Renaissance architect and mathematician (El Escorial, Vallododid Cathedral), dies (b. c. 1530)
  • Jan 19 Maharana Pratap, Rajput king of Mewar (1572-1597), dies of injuries sustained in a hunting accident at 56
  • Jan 29 Elias Ammerbach, German organist (b. 1530)
  • Feb 2 Lucas van Valckenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 61
  • Feb 15 Pieter J Kies, Dutch mayor of Haarlem (1572-73), dies at about 66

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