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