1508 On this day in history 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 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 this day in history.
1699 On December - 08 birth of maria Josepha of Austria, queen of Poland (d. 1757)
1704 Anton de Haen, medical expert (Ratio Medendi) was born on this day in history.
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 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 December - 08.
1292 On December - 08 john Peckham, English archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 62
1587 On December - 08 death of mary, Queen of Scots (1560-1587), executed
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 Death of Philippe van Lansberge, Flemish astronomer (b. 1561) on December - 08.
1643 John Pym, English House of Commons member, dies at about 59 on this day in history.