On This Day

What Happened in December 1586

Historical Events

  • Dec 3 Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Colombia
  • Dec 15 Laevinus Torrentius, becomes bishop of Antwerp
  • Dec 17 Go-Yōzei becomes 107th Emperor of Japan

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 6 Niccolò Zucchi, Italian astronomer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1670)
  • Dec 29 Francisco de Moncada, 3rd Marquis of Aitona, Spanish diplomat, soldier, and writer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1635)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 12 Stefan Batory, King of Poland (1575-86), dies at 53