1485 On December - 16 birth of catherine of Aragon, Spanish princess/1st wife of Henry VIII
1584 John Selden, English jurist and oriental scholar (d. 1654) was born on December - 16.
1614 Eberhard III, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1674) was born on December - 16.
1622 On December - 16 birth of kurt S Adeler, Danish admiral/ship builder
1652 Giovanni Maria Casini, composer was born on December - 16.
1714 George Whitefield, English-born Methodist leader (d. 1770) was born on December - 16.
1716 Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, Duc de Nivernais, French diplomat and writer (d. 1798) was born on this day in history.
1717 On December - 16 birth of elizabeth Carter, English writer (d. 1806)
0705 On this day in history death of empress Wu of Zhou (b. 625)
0714 Pippin II, of Héristal, Duke/prince of France, dies on this day in history.
0867 Death of Eberhard of Friuli on this day in history.
0875 Ado of Vienne, French archbishop of Vienne, dies at about 75 on this day in history.
0882 John VIII, Italian Pope (872-82), dies on December - 16.
0999 Adelheid the Saint, German empress of Otto I/saint, dies at about 68 on December - 16.
1325 Death of Charles of Valois, son of Philip III of France (b. 1270) on December - 16.
1378 On December - 16 death of otto III of Montferrat