0695 Muhammad bin Qasim, Syrian general (d. 715) was born on this day in history.
1378 Callistus III, [Alfonso the Borja], Pope (1455-58) was born on December - 31.
1378 On this day in history birth of pope Callixtus III (d. 1458)
1491 On this day in history birth of jacques Cartier, French explorer (d. 1557)
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 Emperor Go-Yozei of Japan, (d. 1617) was born on this day in history.
1668 Hermannus Boerhaave, Dutch medical/botanist was born on December - 31.
0192 Death of Lucius AA Commodus, Emperor of Rome (180-192), murdered at 31 on December - 31.
0335 Death of St. Silvester, Pope on this day in history.
0406 On December - 31 godagisel, king of the Vandals, dies in battle
0439 Melania the Younger, Roman monastery founder/saint, dies at about 56 on December - 31.
1164 Death of Margrave Ottokar III of Styria (b. 1124) on December - 31.
1194 On December - 31 death of duke Leopold V of Austria (killed at a tournament) (b. 1157)
1297 On December - 31 death of humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford, English soldier (b. 1249)
1302 Death of Frederick III, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1238) on this day in history.