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

  • Dec 6 King Charles VIII of France marries Anna of Bretagne

Famous Deaths

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