On This Day

What Happened in February 1597

Historical Events


Execution26 Martyrs of Japan Executed

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
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A painting in a Prague church commemorating the 1597 crucifiction of the 26 Catholic martyrs of Japan in Nagasaki
A painting in a Prague church commemorating the 1597 crucifiction of the 26 Catholic martyrs of Japan in Nagasaki
  • Feb 24 Flemish painter Frederick of Valckenborch becomes porter of Frankfurt-on-Main

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 24 Vincent Voiture, French poet (d. 1648)

Famous Deaths

  • 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