1508 On December - 08 birth of gemma Frisius, [Jemme Reinersz], Frisian geographer/astronomer
1574 On December - 08 birth of maria Anna of Bavaria, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1616)
1626 On December - 08 birth of christina, queen of Sweden who abdicated after becoming Catholic
1678 On December - 08 birth of horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, English diplomat (d. 1757)
1699 Maria Josepha of Austria, queen of Poland (d. 1757) was born on December - 08.
1704 On December - 08 birth of anton de Haen, medical expert (Ratio Medendi)
1708 Francis I, Holy Roman emperor (1745-1765) was born on this day in history.
1715 John Althuysen, Frisian vicar/poet (Frisianche rymlery) was born on December - 08.
0644 On this day in history death of omar I, 2nd kalief of Islam, murdered
0899 Arnulf of Carinthia, last emperor of Austria-France, dies on this day in history.
1292 John Peckham, English archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 62 on this day in history.
1587 Death of Mary, Queen of Scots (1560-1587), executed on December - 08.
1596 On December - 08 death of luis de Carabajal, 1st Jewish author in America, executed in Mexico
1626 On December - 08 death of john Davies, English poet (b. 1569)
1632 On this day in history death of philippe van Lansberge, Flemish astronomer (b. 1561)
1643 John Pym, English House of Commons member, dies at about 59 on December - 08.