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Historical Events in February 1597

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 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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  • Feb 24 Flemish painter Frederick of Valckenborch becomes porter of Frankfurt-on-Main