1508 Gemma Frisius, [Jemme Reinersz], Frisian geographer/astronomer was born on this day in history.
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 this day in history birth of horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, English diplomat (d. 1757)
1699 On this day in history birth of maria Josepha of Austria, queen of Poland (d. 1757)
1704 On this day in history birth of anton de Haen, medical expert (Ratio Medendi)
1708 On December - 08 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 Death of Omar I, 2nd kalief of Islam, murdered on December - 08.
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 On this day in history death of mary, Queen of Scots (1560-1587), executed
1596 Death of Luis de Carabajal, 1st Jewish author in America, executed in Mexico on December - 08.
1626 On this day in history death of john Davies, English poet (b. 1569)
1632 On this day in history death of philippe van Lansberge, Flemish astronomer (b. 1561)
1643 On this day in history john Pym, English House of Commons member, dies at about 59