0695 On December - 31 birth of muhammad bin Qasim, Syrian general (d. 715)
1378 Callistus III, [Alfonso the Borja], Pope (1455-58) was born on December - 31.
1378 Pope Callixtus III (d. 1458) was born on this day in history.
1491 Jacques Cartier, French explorer (d. 1557) was born on this day in history.
1514 On this day in history birth of andreas Vesalius, Brussels Belgium, anatomist (Fabrica)
1540 Silvio Antoniano, Italian cardinal/theologist (Tre libri) was born on December - 31.
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 this day in history.
0335 Death of St. Silvester, Pope on December - 31.
0406 Godagisel, king of the Vandals, dies in battle on this day in history.
0439 On this day in history melania the Younger, Roman monastery founder/saint, dies at about 56
1164 Death of Margrave Ottokar III of Styria (b. 1124) on this day in history.
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.