On This Day

What Happened in February 1616

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26 Roman Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo demanding he abandon his belief in heliocentrism, which states the Earth and planets revolve around the Sun

Astronomer and Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer and Physicist
Galileo Galilei

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 19 Jacques de Saint-Luc, Flemish composer and lutenist, born in Ath (d. ca. 1710)
  • Feb 28 Kaspar Förster, German composer, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1673)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 12 Johannes van den Driesche, Flemish Hebraist, dies at 65