0695 Muhammad bin Qasim, Syrian general (d. 715) was born on December - 31.
1378 On this day in history birth of callistus III, [Alfonso the Borja], Pope (1455-58)
1378 Pope Callixtus III (d. 1458) was born on December - 31.
1491 Jacques Cartier, French explorer (d. 1557) was born on December - 31.
1514 Andreas Vesalius, Brussels Belgium, anatomist (Fabrica) was born on this day in history.
1540 On December - 31 birth of silvio Antoniano, Italian cardinal/theologist (Tre libri)
1572 On this day in history birth of emperor Go-Yozei of Japan, (d. 1617)
1668 On this day in history birth of hermannus Boerhaave, Dutch medical/botanist
0192 On this day in history death of lucius AA Commodus, Emperor of Rome (180-192), murdered at 31
0335 Death of St. Silvester, Pope on December - 31.
0406 On December - 31 godagisel, king of the Vandals, dies in battle
0439 On this day in history melania the Younger, Roman monastery founder/saint, dies at about 56
1164 On December - 31 death of margrave Ottokar III of Styria (b. 1124)
1194 On this day in history death of duke Leopold V of Austria (killed at a tournament) (b. 1157)
1297 On this day in history death of humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford, English soldier (b. 1249)
1302 On this day in history death of frederick III, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1238)