On This Day

What Happened in December 1491

Famous Birthdays

Jacques Cartier

Dec 31 Jacques Cartier, French explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France, born in St. Malo, Brittany (d. 1557)

Famous Weddings

Charles VIII

Dec 6 King Charles VIII of France (21) marries Anna Duchess of Brittany (14) giving France control over Brittany

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Thomas Basin, French historian/bishop of Lisieux, dies