On This Day

What Happened in December 1542

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 14 Princess Mary Stuart succeeds her father James V and becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at 6 days old

Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestMary, Queen of Scots

Dec 8 Mary, Queen of Scots [Mary Stuart], Queen of Scotland (1560-87), born in Linlithgow Palace, Scotland (d. 1587)

Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 14 James V, King of Scotland (1513-42), dies at 30
  • Dec 28 Albert Pigge [Pighius], Dutch theologist/astronomer, dies at about 52