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