On This Day

What Happened in December 1574

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 8 Maria Anna of Bavaria, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire, born in Munich, Bavaria, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1616)
  • Dec 12 Anne of Denmark, daughter of Danish King Frederik II and Queen Consort of James I of England, born in Skanderborg Castle, Skanderborg, Denmark (d. 1619)
  • Dec 15 Samuel Besler, German-Polish composer, born in Brzeg (d. 1625)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestSelim II

Dec 13 Selim II "the blonde", 11th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1566-74), dies of head injury after a fall at 50

Ottoman Sultan Selim II
Ottoman Sultan
Selim II
  • Dec 26 Charles Guise, archbishop/cardinal of Reims, dies at 50