On This Day

What Happened in February 1600

Historical Events

Historic Event

Feb 4 Astronomers Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler meet for the first time near Prague

  • Feb 8 Vatican convicts scholar and friar Giordano Bruno (who believed in an infinite universe) of heresy and sentences him to be burnt at the stake
  • Feb 17 Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori in Rome, charged with heresy by the Roman Inquisition
  • Feb 19 Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in South American recorded history

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Gabriel Naudé, French librarian and scholar (d. 1653)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 13 Gian Paolo Lomazzo, Italian painter and poet (Trattato), dies at 61
  • Feb 15 Jose the Acosta, Spanish missionary (Peru), dies at 59(?)
  • Feb 17 Giordano Bruno, Italian friar and scholar, advocate of Copernican theory, burned at the stake at 51 or 52