On This Day

What Happened in December 1491

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 24 Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish founder of the Jesuit order, born in Azpeitia, Spain (d. 1556)

Person of interestJacques Cartier

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

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

King of France Charles VIII
King of France
Charles VIII

Famous Deaths

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